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Prescott man pleads not guilty to reckless homicide

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A Prescott man pled not guilty to first degree reckless homicide during his arraignment hearing Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court.

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The next court appearance for Robert John Whaley, 61, is a pre-trial conference 1:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28. He is accused of causing the death of his wife, Emilie Jeanne Whaley, 59, by administering a Schedule I or II controlled substance, methadone, without lawful authority.  

Whaley was charged in July with the Class C felony. The complaint alleges:

Around 4:10 a.m., July 2, Prescott police and EMS were called to 1500 River Terrace Street for reports of an unresponsive female.  

Police arrived and began administering CPR to the female, later identified as Emilie. They asked Robert, who made the call, if she had any medical conditions or was prescribed any medications to which Robert said “no”. Robert did tell police he gave her methadone, about 50 milligrams and he took the other half.

EMS then arrived along with the River Falls Paramedic. After nearly 40 minutes of CPR, Emilie was pronounced dead shortly before 5 a.m.

Robert told the Medical Examiner Emilie “was pretty much out as soon as we took that crap” and that she fell asleep on the couch. Police state Whaley was upset and crying and appeared remorseful and sad at the loss of his wife.

Robert told a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy he purchased the methadone “from a subject in town”, but did not say who it was. He said after administering her, the drug, she was breathing, but wouldn’t respond to his voice. He also tried several times to wake her, but couldn’t, which led him to call 911.

Robert was taken to the Prescott Police Department to be further interviewed around 7:30 a.m. He was eventually transported to the Pierce County Jail, where he was booked in around 11:30 a.m.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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