Hanover Park couple charged with drug-induced homicide for man’s overdose

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Anthony Brown (left) and Hallie Manning | DuPage County sheriff’s office

A northwest suburban couple faces homicide charges for giving a Bartlett man the heroin that led to his fatal overdose earlier this year.

John Smrz, 32, came to the home of Anthony Brown and Hallie Manning, both 44, on March 9 in the 5700 block of Dutch Mill Court in Hanover Park, according to DuPage County prosecutors.

Manning gave Smrz heroin and when he overdosed, Brown dragged his body into the snow outside their home, prosecutors said. Police found him dead the next morning.

An autopsy for Smrz, of the 900 block of Longford Road in Bartlett,initially was inconclusive pending toxicological tests, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Manning and Brown each were charged with drug-induced homicide and delivery of a controlled substance, prosecutors said. Brown also was charged with concealment of a death and drug possession.

A judge on Saturday set bond for both at $2 million.They are scheduled to appear in court again May 18.

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