UPDATE: Court Documents Reveal 19-Year-Old Who Died Of Alcohol Poisoning Had BAC Of .296

Three Charged In Connection With The Investigation

WATERTOWN – Court documents reveal that the 19-year-old woman who died of alcohol poisoning in Watertown had a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit to drive.

The Watertown Police Department says three people were served arrest warrants in connection to her death. A 21-year-old woman and two 19-year-old men are facing misdemeanor charges. Police say they were all friends with the victim.

Kayla Juhnke is charged with purchasing the alcohol, Brady Johnke is charged with furnishing it, and 19-year-old Logan Schilling is charged with permitting the consumption of the alcohol.

The documents say it was just after 3:30 Tuesday morning when emergency crews were called to the home that Schilling rents on the 100 block of South 2nd Avenue. The victim was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse. She was given CPR at the scene and was transferred to Prairie Lakes Hospital where she was pronounced dead just before 5 a.m.

“Just because they’re under the age of 21 does not free them from being able to be charged with those crimes like that. I think it’s important to hopefully get some resolution for the young lady’s family,” said Sgt. Chad Stahl.

The court documents state that Johnke, Schilling, and the victim were drinking Vodka at the home. Court papers say police recovered surveillance footage of Juhnke purchasing the alcohol earlier in the night.

Juhnke was being held at the Codington County Detention Center on a $1,000 cash or surety bond. Johnke and Schilling were being held on $500 cash or surety bonds.

Other charges are pending upon completion of the investigation.

Police say the woman who died went to Lake Area Technical Institute, but is not from the area. They say her family prefers that her name not be released.


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