Metro-East man acquitted in heroin death faces new charges - KMOV.com

Metro-East man acquitted in heroin death faces new charges

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man acquitted recently in the heroin death of his teenage girlfriend now faces felony theft and attempted burglary charges.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports prosecutors have accused 21-year-old Taylor Kennedy of Troy with possessing a stolen all-terrain vehicle, attempting to break into a sport utility vehicle and stealing a flatbed trailer.

Also charged is 17-year-old Jeremy Terry of Collinsville.

Kennedy was acquitted in May of a drug-induced homicide charge after a judge ruled prosecutors failed to prove Kennedy violated state law.

Kennedy was on trial in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Shannon Gaddis, in her home near Troy.

Kennedy's attorney isn't commenting about the latest charges. A call to Terry's home went unanswered.

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