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February 21, 2020

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Initial appearance scheduled this Friday for 2017 overdose death
Two years after her involvement in the death of Shayne Hanna, Nicole P. Gordon made, and will again make her initial appearance at the Iowa County Courthouse.
Gordon, 45, appeared in front of Iowa County Judge Margaret Koehler Monday afternoon with her attorney Jeffrey Warren Erickson. She is charged with first degree reckless homicide of Shayne Hanna when she delivered to him a dose of heroin between March 17 and March 18, 2017. If convicted, Gordon faces a fine not exceeding $100,000 and imprisonment not more than 40 years, or both.
According to criminal complaints on file, City of Dodgeville Police Department Officer Joe Pepper was dispatched at 8:53 a.m March 18, 2017, to the Pine Ridge Motel at 405 County Road YZ.
The call he received was for a "possibly deceased subject," which then resulted in finding Hanna dead and beginning a death investigation.
When Officer Pepper arrived on the scene, he found Hanna on a bed located in the hotel room. After determining that Hanna was deceased, he called the Iowa County Coroner who believed the cause of death was due to opiate overdose, after observing foam coming from both Hanna's nose and mouth.
As the on the scene investigation continued, Pepper observed a small bag containing a white powder located on the hotel room nightstand. Needles were also found in the nightstand drawer.
Hanna was an employee for Capital Tower and Communications and was staying at Pine Ridge Motel for work. Interviews started taking place March 18 and video surveillance footage was viewed from Pine Ridge Motel, Kwik Trip North and New Horizons Gas Station. In interviews conducted, Gordon was a common denominator as she met Hanna for the first time that night. Gordon had been selling heroin for five days prior to March 19, two days after Hanna's overdose.
Electronics were also searched by Sergeant Todd Oellerich. A phone number belonging to Gordon was found on March 17 at 7:28 a.m. and another at 10:35 p.m.
Gordon's Facebook profile was also reviewed. Gordon sent a private message to Omari Prowis (a coworker of Hanna) requesting a phone call as soon as possible. Another private message to her son Traver McDaniel saying that she gave it to someone because she had nowhere else to take it. The message also said that she owed her dealer $1800 and she had roughly two and a quarter pounds left that would be traded for cocaine and meth.
On April 3, 2017 the baggie that had the white powder substance was sent to the state crime laboratory in Madison. A DNA analysis showed a mixture of DNA of two individuals, one being male. On April 24, the DNA evidence found on the bag was linked to Gordon and the white powder substance was confirmed as heroin.
This isn't the first time that Gordon has stood in front of a judge, as she is charged with 13 other charges in Dane County. Her most recent charge is possession of narcotic drugs, and there are also several counts of retail theft. She is currently sitting in Dane County Jail on a cash bond.
Gordon was granted a $10,000 cash bond on the condition of no use or possession of any controlled substances without a valid prescription.The adjourned initial appearance is on for Friday December 20 at 4 p.m.

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