Arrest warrants were issued yesterday for two people who police say sold fentanyl to the 51-year-old mistress of a Salem Lakes politician days before she died. Gerald “Jerry” Campion (65) and Maria Larson (49), both of Trevor, have been charged with first degree reckless homicide, facing 40 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System.
According to the criminal complaint: Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of Ted Kmiec, an attorney and Salem Lakes trustee, at about 6:54 pm on March 21, 2022. When deputies arrived on scene, Kmiec brought them to his bedroom, where the woman lay dead. Deputies and paramedics quickly realized the woman was beyond life saving measures. A Sheriff’s detective arrived on scene and determined it was a likely fentanyl/opiate overdose. The medical examiner’s office ruled the cause of death as acute fentanyl intoxication. The woman’s cell phone was examined and police found several suspicious conversations with an individual known as Jerry Campion between the dates of February 20, 2022 and March 12, 2022. During these messages, the woman was offering to buy pills from Campion. In one message, the woman says she intentionally took too many pills “for fun.” Campion told her to be careful with taking too much. Campion was questioned by detectives and initially denied selling drugs to the woman. He finally admitted that he was the woman’s drug dealer. He told police she would crush the pills and snort them. Campion told police he bought theses pills from Maria Larson, Campion’s co-defendant. Larson gave police a hypothetical that involved her knowing that the drugs were very strong and dangerous and eventually stopped selling them.
Kmiec (61) is married, and his wife is reportedly currently battling cancer. Since publication, Kmiec and his wife have both said publicly that Mrs. Kmiec’s cancer is in remission. KCE has learned that Kmiec knew his mistress’ drug dealer, Gerald Campion. In fact, Kmiec represented Campion in a felony matter, in which Campion was alleged to have punched his wife, slammed her into a wall, and choked her until she passed out and fell to the floor. Kmiec got the felony dropped. Kmiec has refused to answer any of our questions about this unnatural death.
Both Campion and Larson have $75,000 warrants and at the time of publication have not been booked into the Kenosha County Jail. Larson has retained an attorney and is scheduled to be in court Wednesday at 1:00 pm if she is not arrested sooner.
Salem Lakes Village president Diann Tesar called our previous reporting of this issue “slander” and “malice” in front of a group of about 100 residents last night. She called Ted Kmiec an “irrefutable attorney.” I asked her if I could respond and she denied my request. I asked her after the meeting to tell me what was untrue about the article. Even after I offered to donate $1,000 to her favorite charity, she couldn’t name one thing in the article that was untrue. She then later claimed she was talking about someone else. Below is a video of her comments and my questioning.
***Warning: I am not polite to Tesar***