Man pleads not guilty in Cedar Falls woman’s drug death

March 13, 2020 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former Waterloo resident has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the drug death of a woman.

U.S. District Court records say Eric Griggs, 38, entered the pleas Tuesday in Cedar Rapids. The charges: distribution of heroin resulting in death, possession with intent to distribute and use of communications facilities to facilitate a drug felony.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported that authorities said the heroin Griggs distributed resulted in the death of Abigail Wilder, a 19-year-old who lived in Cedar Falls.

Her body was found Sept. 1, 2018, at the home where she lived with a friend and the friend’s mother. Investigators searched Wilder’s phone and found messages between her and Griggs from Aug. 31, 2018.