Woman linked to 2 more drug overdose deaths

Published on: 3/10/2010

Kimberly Sell, the 38-year-old Germantown woman charged in Ozaukee County court this week in the prescription drug overdose death of a Fredonia woman, is linked to at least two other drug overdose deaths in 2009, authorities said Wednesday.

Sell is a person of interest in the April death of her fiancé, Ted Olla, who lived with her, and the Christmas Day death of Ian Hegmegee of Menomonee Falls, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.

Sell allegedly sold methadone on Dec. 20 to Kati Lynn Hammen, 21, who was found dead the next day at her Fredonia residence, according to a criminal complaint. Sell was charged Tuesday with first-degree reckless homicide in Hammen's death.

On Wednesday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams set bail for Sell at $75,000. Sell remained in the Ozaukee County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

A preliminary hearing to review the charges against Sell is scheduled for March 19. If convicted, Sell could be imprisoned for up to 40 years.

An investigation into the drug overdose death of Olla, 48, is not active but it is not closed, Hoell said. Police were not able to build a case against Sell.

Sell called police the afternoon of April 15 to report that she had found Olla unresponsive on a couch in the apartment they shared. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Community Memorial Hospital.

Toxicology tests found cocaine, methadone and several other drugs, including traces of opiates - codeine and morphine - in his blood, Hoell said.

At the hospital, Olla's relatives told investigators that they were aware he had abused methadone in the past without a prescription, according to a Washington County medical examiner's report.

Hegmegee, 25, was found unresponsive from a cocaine overdose on Oct. 23 at Sell's apartment on Legend Ave. in Germantown and was taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Hoell said.

He remained in a coma until he died Dec. 25, said his mother, Jennifer Hegmegee of Menomonee Falls.

"My son got caught up in a drug scene," she said Wednesday when contacted by a reporter.

Sell allegedly told investigators that Ian Hegmegee was unresponsive for nearly one day before she called 911 on Oct. 23, his mother said. "Kimberly Sell needs to be taken off the street," said Hegmegee's uncle, Kirk Laabs of Menomonee Falls. Germantown police are continuing to investigate Hegmegee's death. "We have not been able to make a case to request criminal charges against Sell at this time" in Hegmegee's death, Hoell said Wednesday.

One reason for the lack of criminal charges in the Hegmegee and Olla deaths was the absence of a witness, other than Sell, according to Hoell.

The investigation into Hammen's overdose benefited from a witness, her fiancé, Brad Baumann.

Baumann accompanied Hammen to buy methadone from Sell, a criminal complaint says. Baumann and Hammen ingested methadone after leaving Sell's residence, he told police. Baumann found Hammen's unresponsive body the next morning.