Rockford woman pleads not guilty to drug-induced homicide charges

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Published: Feb. 20, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

One of three people charged for drug overdose deaths in 2018 pleads not guilty to drug-induced homicide charges and delivery of a controlled substance.

Appearing in a teal jumpsuit Wednesday morning in Winnebago County Court, Hernandez's attorney pleaded not guilty to the bill of indictment from Judge Ronald White.

Hernandez is accused for a drug overdose leading to death of Justine Wentz on March 16, 2018. Later that day, Hernandez allegedly delivered cocaine to Brock Palchik, 27, of Belvidere, who died of an overdose three days later.

Charges were announced last month against Hernandez along with Damarrio Mitchell, 30, and Miranda Powell, 29, who were separately wanted in a July 3, 2018 homicide investigation related to drug overdoses.

Hernandez is scheduled to appear in court again next month.

All suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.