Charges: Cold Spring woman gave neighbor drugs that killed her

The 30-year-old woman is accused of giving her neighbor methadone and amphetamines, which killed her.
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A 30-year-old Cold Spring woman is charged with murder, accused of giving her neighbor drugs that killed her. 

Kayla Reynolds was charged Tuesday in Stearns County District Court with third-degree murder in connection to Heidi Hiltner's overdose death on April 13. 

According to the criminal complaint, Reynolds called police on April 15 to report she hadn't seen or heard from her neighbor, Hiltner, for a few days, saying she wasn't answering her apartment door and she could hear the TV. 

Building maintenance let an officer, the victim's mother and another woman into the apartment, located on the 1100 block of Third Street South in Cold Spring, where they found Hiltner dead. 

While they were inside the apartment, the officer heard a noise in the bathroom and found Reynolds going through Hiltner's purse, charges state. When asked what she was doing, Reynolds said she was helping.

The officer told Reynolds to leave, and while he was processing the scene he found a prescription methadone bottle on Hiltner's nightstand. The drug was prescribed to Reynolds. 

An autopsy revealed Hiltner had methadone and amphetamine in her system, drugs she didn't have prescriptions for, and together the drugs caused her death. 

A search of Hiltner's cellphone showed text messages dating back to January between her and Reynolds in which they discussed Reynolds giving her methadone and amphetamines, including the days leading up to when her body was discovered.

Reynolds is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 22, the Star Tribune says.

Methadone is a drug that is often prescribed to treat opioid use disorder. Amphetamines are a stimulant prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy but is also used illegally because it's a mood-altering drug, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration notes.

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