County State's Attorney prosecutes first ever Drug Induced Homicide
Dustin Miller found guilty in jury trial
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[August 15, 2017]
August 10, 2017, a Logan County Jury found Dustin Miller guilty of
Drug-Induced Homicide, a class X felony. The jury trial commenced
Tuesday, August 8th and concluded two days later. The jury
deliberated for approximately 1˝ hours before returning to court
with their verdict of guilt.
The investigation began on June 3,
2016, when Lincoln Police and the Logan County Paramedics were
dispatched to 323 N. Butler Street in Lincoln for an unresponsive male.
The male, identified as Clint
Clark, was pronounced dead on scene. An autopsy performed the next day
concluded Clint Clark’s death to be the result of heroin intoxication.
Lincoln Police investigators
searched the house and recovered numerous items of evidentiary value.
During the search, investigators learned that Clint Clark had contacted
Dustin Miller the day before to buy approximately $400 worth of heroin.
The delivery of the heroin
occurred at Qik N’EZ in Lincoln on June 2, 2016. Lincoln Police were
able to obtain video from the store surveillance. Using the store
surveillance along with information from Brittany Banser, who spent the
night at Clint Clark’s house, it was learned that Clint Clark ingested
heroin from his purchase from Dustin Miller which caused Clint Clark’s
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“Our first thoughts are with
the family of Clint Clark,” stated Jonathan C. Wright. “His loss can
never be replaced but we hope that this will bring a sense of
justice and closure for the family,” continued Wright.
Dustin Miller’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 31, 2017
at 11:00 a.m. Dustin Miller faces a prison term between 6 and 30
years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be required
to serve 85% of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
This is the first litigated case of drug induced homicide in Logan
[Jonathan C. Wright
Logan County State’s Attorney]