Warrant: Former Democratic Party leader could face homicide charge | Courts

The former executive director of the state Democratic Party could face a first-degree reckless homicide charge for the drug overdose death last month of a woman at his home in Fitchburg, according to a search warrant filed this week.

The search warrant, filed on Monday but not made available until Tuesday, states that Jason T. Sidener, 42, told Fitchburg police that he took the 30-year-old woman to St. Mary’s Hospital’s emergency room on Sept. 12 after waking up that morning to find her “breathing really weird,” suspecting that she may have used heroin at his home on Bantry Lane in Fitchburg. 

Sidener has not been arrested or charged with any crime. Fitchburg police filed and executed the search warrant for his home and vehicle last week as part of what is still a death investigation, said Lt. Don Bomkamp. Police have sent evidence to the state crime lab for testing and are also still collecting data evidence from a cellphone.

“We’d like to know where the drugs came from,” Bomkamp said.

The warrant said the items being sought at Sidener’s home “may constitute evidence of the crime of First Degree Reckless Homicide.”

Bomkamp said Sidener’s lawyer has instructed police not to ask Sidener any questions. His lawyer, Jonas Bednarek, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sidener did not respond to a text message.

Sidener was hired in December as executive director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin after serving as political director of AFSCME Council 32. According to an affidavit filed with the search warrant, Sidener was recently fired from the job because of work performance issues, though the affidavit does not say specifically when he lost his job.

Dane County board member George Gillis is the party’s interim executive director, according to the party’s website. A party…

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