Brian Kelly

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  The acquittal of a man charged with providing the heroin that killed his teenaged girlfriend is prompting a local prosecutor to call for changes in the law that freed him.

A Madison County judge dismissed the drug-induced homicide charge against 20-year-old Taylor Kennedy, because Kennedy bought the heroin that allegedly caused the death of his 17-year-old girlfriend Shannon Gaddis in Missouri.

Under state law, that means Illinois courts have no jurisdiction in the case.

And that, says MadCo State’s Attorney Thomas Gibbons, needs to change “to reflect the reality of the drug trade here in the Metro East”.

Gaddis’ family issued a statement urging everyone to call their local legislators and urge them to change the law, a sentiment echoed by Gibbons, who added that he personally will reach out to area lawmakers asking them review this case.


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