Volo Resident Charged with Drug Induced Homicide in Death of Volo Man

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Jerry L. Gray, charged with felony Drug-Induced Homicide (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Jerry L. Gray, charged with felony Drug-Induced Homicide (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives concluded a death investigation resulting in the arrest of a Volo man for delivering the fatal dose of drugs that ultimately killed a 33-year-old Volo man.

On August 11, 2023, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence in the 2700 block of West Hartigan Road, Volo, for a report of a man not breathing. Lake Sheriff’s deputies arrived and worked with paramedics to attempt life-saving actions. The victim was transported to an area hospital in McHenry, where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

An autopsy was conducted by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office, and the victim’s death was deemed to be a result of adverse effects of fentanyl.

During the initial investigation, responding deputies learned the victim recently purchased pills from a man at an area gas station. Sheriff’s evidence technicians located pills inside the victim’s room, which tested positive for fentanyl.

Sheriff’s detectives responded to further the investigation. Sheriff’s detectives obtained video surveillance from the area gas station and located video from August 11, 2023, of the transaction where Jerry L. Gray, 29, of the 27400 block of Volo Village Road, Volo, sold pills to the victim. Sheriff’s detectives uncovered additional evidence linking Gray to the drug transaction.

Due to the victim being transported to McHenry County and dying in McHenry County, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives coordinated with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office to seek subpoenas, search warrants, and further the investigation.

At the conclusion of the investigation, after reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the charge of Drug Induced Homicide (Class X Felony) against Gray. Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Gray on January 8, 2024.

On January 10, 2024, Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Gray at a gas station in the 31700 block of North Route 12, Volo. He is being transferred to the McHenry County Jail and will be ultimately prosecuted in McHenry County.

“We continue to see the horrific impacts of fentanyl and other deadly drugs in our region, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will continue aggressively investigating drug traffickers, holding them accountable. I am extremely proud of the hard work of our deputies and detectives investigating this case and holding the drug dealer accountable for his part in causing this man’s death.”

— Sheriff John D. Idleburg

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said, “It was a privilege to work with the capable detectives at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in addressing a mutual scourge that doesn’t exactly honor county borders.”

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

— Lake County Sheriffs’ Office



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