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Round Lake man charged in fatal heroin case gets new trial date

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The trial of a Round Lake man accused of selling heroin that killed his best friend will be delayed until July, officials said Tuesday.

Byron Sullivan, 21, of the 1100 block of East End Drive, is charged with one count of drug-induced homicide and will go on trial July 12 in front of Lake County Judge James Booras.

Defense Attorney Steven McCollum said the delay is because he is working through the details of the case, and needs more time due to the complexity of circumstances surrounding the charges.

"This is clearly a tragedy," McCollum said following the hearing. "It's tough because the person that died is my client's best friend."

Sullivan, 20, faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty in the death of Tim McCann, 20, of Libertyville, prosecutors said.

Sullivan is held in Lake County jail on $250,000 bond, McCollum said.

Authorities said Sullivan was contacted Jan. 31 by McCann regarding the heroin purchase. Sullivan allegedly bought the heroin in Waukegan, then delivered it to McCann, authorities said.

Authorities said McCann was found unconscious in his basement a short time after purchasing heroin from Sullivan. McCann was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he later died.

Eugene Henderson, 33, of the 300 block of Judge Avenue in Waukegan, was also charged with drug-induced homicide, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors said Henderson sold the heroin to Sullivan.

Henderson is also held in Lake County jail on $500,000 bond.

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