Bail, conditions of release set for man charged with murder by overdose

The Rush City man who was recently charged with murder in connection with a drug overdose had his first day in court this week.

Unconditional bail in the amount of $100,000 and conditions of release were set for 24-year-old Lucas Michael Allen Cole at a hearing Monday, June 9, in Chisago County District Court. Accompanying him was his attorney, Ryan Pacyga, said Chisago County Attorney Janet Reiter.

Cole, who was ordered to submit to booking at the county jail, was released on his personal recognizance with the following conditions: no use or possession of alcohol or non-prescribed mood-altering chemicals, submit to random testing, formal pretrial supervision, not to enter any liquor establishments, provide a baseline urinary analysis, take medications as prescribed and provide a list of medications to Court Services, Reiter noted.

Cole was charged with one count of murder in the third degree in connection with allegedly providing the controlled substance methadone to another local man who fatally overdosed on the drug in February.

According to the charge description, “on or about Tuesday, Feb. 4, he, without intent to cause death, proximately caused the death of Michael Gregory Darsow by, directly or indirectly, unlawfully selling, giving away, bartering, exchanging, distributing or administering a schedule two controlled substance: methadone.”

Details of the incident, as found in the court complaint, were reported in last week’s Post Review.

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