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Posted on Thu, May 3, 2012 : 12:35 p.m.

Man accused of providing heroin in woman's fatal overdose pleads guilty to drug charge

By Kyle Feldscher

A man accused of providing the heroin that caused a 23-year-old woman's fatal overdose accepted a plea deal dismissing a criminal charge in her death.

According to court records, Raymond Bowman, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to delivery of heroin less than 50 grams during a preliminary exam. In exchange for his guilty plea, the charge of delivering a controlled substance causing death was dismissed.

Bowman, of Pittsfield Township, was originally accused of supplying the heroin that caused 23-year-old Stephanie Gedert's fatal overdose on Aug. 25, 2011, according to police. She was found dead in a room at the Days Inn, 2380 Carpenter Road.

Bowman faces up to 20 years in prison for the delivery of heroin less than 50 grams charge. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz will sentence him at 1:30 p.m. June 7, according to court records.

He’s currently lodged in the Washtenaw County Jail facing an unrelated case where he is charged with second-degree home invasion, receiving and concealing stolen property worth more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 and larceny of a firearm, according to records.

He will have a hearing in the case at the same time as his sentencing, according to jail records.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Fri, May 4, 2012 : 11:42 a.m.

I guess blaming someone else helps ppl get through the tragic loss.. But wouldn't an addict just go to someone else until they get what they are looking for? Just saying we are responsible for our own actions.. FYI don't care for drug dealers but without customers they wouldn't be in business.. Food for thought!


Sat, Jun 9, 2012 : 6:32 p.m.

@Homeland conspiracy YES! you are most certainely responcible. If, you sell something that can cause harm. Many manufacturers get sued and executives go to jail. By the way there is a huge difference between heroin (illegal) and a cd (Legal). Like comparing jumping off a curb to jumping of a skyscraper.

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, May 7, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

@Larry So if I sell you a car & you crash it & die I'm to blame. Or I sell you a CD of sad song & you kill yourself I'm to blame...scary grounds


Mon, May 7, 2012 : 6:12 a.m.

Ray was a friend of hers who new she was off drugs. he supplied the drugs delivered the drugs. would you offer a drink to a alchoholic you knew was trying to quit? without drug dealers there would be no addicts, no need for rehabs, no drug crimes and no devistated families. but, don't blame the dealer. FOOD FOR THOUGHT!! When you sell something you know could possibally harm someone you are responsible.


Thu, May 3, 2012 : 7:47 p.m.

Stephanie Gedert was a beautiful, bright, well liked young woman. She had her problems with the drug that takes a person's soul and, while you can not minimizing her role in her own death, Ray Bowman provided her with Heroin, knowing she was "clean" at the time, thereby contributing to her death. If taking him off the street can save just one other person from this horrible addition so be it.


Sat, May 19, 2012 : 4:45 p.m.

Knowing she was clean is irrelevant. She still approached him looking for the drug and if she didn't get it from him, she would have moved on to the next dealer. Yes, he belongs in prison for a while, but she is ultimately responsible for her own death.