HILLSBORO, Mo.—A St. Louis-area woman is on trial for assault. The alleged victim: The 22-year-old man she says provided heroin to her son.
Sherrie Gavan, 54, is in court in Jefferson County. The case is stirring strong emotions in a county that has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic.
Prosecutors say Gavan attacked Joshua Loyd with a baseball bat in 2011. Loyd pleaded guilty last year to felony marijuana possession and has admitted to using heroin.
Gavan says she had tried everything to get her 19-year-old son off of heroin. She says she found text messages that identified her son’s drug suppliers.
She allegedly went to Loyd’s home and struck him in the elbow with a bat.