Dealer charged with murder in St. Louis Park heroin death


A Minneapolis man was charged with third-degree murder for selling the heroin which killed a man in St. Louis Park, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.

Zachary Gontard, 37, made his first court appearance Wednesday and bail was set at $50,000. His next court appearance is Sept. 11.

According to the criminal complaint, St. Louis Park police were sent to an apartment at 4310 Minnetonka Blvd. on May 23 where parents had gone to check on their son, whom they had not heard from in two days. Police found the 23-year-old victim lying on his bathroom floor and also found bindles of suspected heroin and hypodermic needles in the apartment. The autopsy found he died from a mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Further investigation found a series of phone contacts between Gontard and the victim, with Gontard saying he could sell him heroin. On May 19th, they agreed to meet at the Camden Tavern and Grill on Lyndale Avenue North. Surveillance cameras show Gontard meeting with someone and apparently buying the heroin. Not long after that, the cameras show Gontard meeting with the victim, the complaint states.


Criminal Complaint (PDF)