URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly got rid of evidence that might have shed light on the manner of a woman's death is due back in court next week for a probable cause hearing.
Steven W. Killam, 34, who was living in a trailer on the lot of the Carpet Master Carpet One store at 1040 W. Bloomington Road, was charged Thursday with obstructing justice.
State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Killam is alleged to have gotten rid of needles that he said Hannah Prospal, 23, of LeRoy used to inject drugs into her system on Tuesday night.
Rietz said Killam told Champaign police that Miss Prospal was in the trailer with him Tuesday night and that they had been partying and injecting cocaine. He claimed that she also injected heroin.
"He woke up the next morning to find her unconscious. He was concerned about being caught with the cocaine still there so he snorted it, then gathered the needles they used, took them to a Dumpster and got rid of them," she said.
Obstructing justice is a Class 4 felony, but Killam faces an extended term of between one and six years in prison if convicted because he has a prior conviction for domestic battery. The offense is also probationable.
Rietz said Killam has other misdemeanor convictions for domestic battery, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Judge Richard Klaus set his bond at $25,000 and told him to be back in court March 9.