Trial date set in Whitefish Bay overdose case

Published on: 7/21/2009

A trial was set Tuesday for Aug. 31 for the father of a man who is accused of giving drugs to Madison Kiefer on the night before she died of an overdose.

The trial date for Richard Laughrin, 59, of Shorewood was set during a hearing at which a judge approved a new attorney, Dennis Coffey, to represent him.

Laughrin is charged with two felonies, child abandonment and child neglect, in Kiefer's death. He has admitted that on March 1 he helped his son, Matthew Laughrin, 22, of Whitefish Bay, dump an unresponsive Kiefer in her friend's front yard in Whitefish Bay.

Kiefer, a 15-year-old freshman at Whitefish Bay High School, was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say Kiefer was at Matthew Laughrin's home the night before she died and that a witness saw him give a Suboxone pill to Kiefer. Kiefer, who had a history of drug abuse, died of an overdose of Suboxone and another prescription drug.

Police said they found both drugs in Matthew Laughrin's home.

Lawyers are working on a possible plea bargain in Matthew Laughrin's case. He is due back in court Aug. 27.

A third defendant, Brittany Blue, 18, of Glendale, is due back in court Aug. 3 for a status conference. She is charged with providing Suboxone, which is used to treat heroin addicts, to Matthew Laughrin.