Man charged in heroin overdose death, returns to court

Joel French (Brown Co. Jail)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – The suspect in an heroin overdose death from last April is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Friday.

Joel French, 35, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide/drug delivery for the death of Joseph Derge, 24.

Rescue crews were called to a Ledgeview home, where Derge’s father found him. Efforts to revive him with CPR and Narcan were unsuccessful. He died of fentanyl and heroin overdose, according to the criminal complaint.

French admitted to investigators that he sells heroin.

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