Charges Filed for Drug Delivery Resulting in Death of a Chestnuthill Township Man

On May 4th, 2020, charges were filed and a warrant was issued for the arrest of HILLARY JAMES, 27, from Cambridge Springs PA, currently incarcerated in a state correctional facility for an unrelated crime. It is alleged that JAMES is responsible for the death of CODY HELLER, a Chestnuthill Township man, who died on May 27th, 2018 of a heroin overdose. At the time of his death, Cody was 24 years old.

After a two year investigation, Detective Kim Lippincott of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, Criminal Investigations Division, was able to obtain evidence which shows that Hillary JAMES was responsible for the death of Cody HELLER. The investigation revealed that James traveled to Cody Heller's residence on Legion Drive in Chestnuthill Township in the early morning hours of May 27, 2018. Before going to meet Cody, JAMES had gone to Paterson, New Jersey, where she and a friend had purchased a large quantity of heroin. After returning to Monroe County Cody met with JAMES, where he obtained the lethal dose which ultimately led to his death.

Hillary James has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death, a first degree felony, both as a principle and as an accomplice, possession with intent to deliver heroin, an ungraded felony, and criminal use of a communication facility (a cell phone), a third degree felony.

A warrant has been issued for Hillary James by Magistrate Kristina Anzini. Hillary James will be transferred to the Monroe County Correctional Facility at a later date where she will answer to these charges.

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