A man wanted by Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies for reckless homicide has been pronounced dead, KCE can confirm. The cause of death is unknown, but Campion died on or about Sunday, February 19, 2023. Gerald “Jerry” Campion, 65, of Trevor, has been charged with first degree reckless homicide, facing 40 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System for his alleged involvement in the fentanyl snorting death the mistress of Salem Lakes Trustee Ted Kmiec. KCE cannot yet reveal Compion’s cause of death.
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.
Larson had her initial appearance and was released on a $25,000 cash bond. Today, just after 1 pm, the state of Wisconsin, by ADA Timothy Martin, moved to dismiss the homicide charge against Campion due to him being deceased. Court Commissioner Keating then dismissed the action.
According to criminal defense attorney Michael D. Cicchini, “A defendant has the right to confront in court, i.e., to cross-exam, any testimonial hearsay statements the state tries to introduce at trial. If the statements of the now deceased defendant-witness are important to the state’s case against the surviving defendant, the state could have an uphill battle depending on the nature of those statements and the other evidence that it has against the surviving defendant.” Cicchini has written extensively on the confrontation clause, here. According to the criminal complaint, Campion himself fingered Larson. Larson is due back in court on April 4, 2023.