Murder charges filed in meth overdose case

Warren John Okerman

Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf has filed third degree murder charges against Warren John Okerman, 44, of Little Falls stemming from the methamphetamine overdose death of Little Falls resident, Leslie Ellyn Peterson, June 1.

The complaint alleges that Okerman provided methamphetamine to Peterson during the early hours of June 1.  Okerman called 9-1-1 at 8:12 p.m. that evening, saying that he had found Peterson dead in bed. Okerman said he had last seen her alive at about 2:30 a.m. June 1.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner ruled that Peterson had died of a methamphetamine overdose.

At that time of the death, Okerman denied that he had provided Peterson with meth. On July 9, Okerman met with a law enforcement officer for a follow-up interview where confessed to providing meth to Peterson.

Murder in the third degree – providing a controlled substance is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, a $40,000 fine, or both.

Okerman made his first court appearance Wednesday morning in front of Judge Douglas P. Anderson. Bail was set at $150,000 unconditional bail and $75,000 bail with conditions