Crime & Courts

Two Hanover Park residents charged with homicide in 2021 overdose death of DeKalb woman

DeKALB – A man and woman Hanover Park are facing drug-induced homicide charges in connection with the July 2021 death of a DeKalb woman, according to law enforcement officials.

Gwendolyn M. Davis, 55, and Anthony T. Simmons, 26, both of the 1400 block of Merrimac Lane South in Hanover Park were arrested Friday and charged with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony, and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony. If convicted of the more serious drug-induced homicide charge, Davis and Simmons could each face up to 30 years in prison.

An autopsy of Michelle Cobb, 53, of the 800 block of Russell Road in DeKalb showed she died July 15 from a fentanyl and heroin overdose, according to a DeKalb County Coroner’s Office email Tuesday. According to DeKalb County court documents, Davis and Simmons allegedly sold bags of drugs containing fentanyl to Cobb.

“Michelle Cobb thereafter ingested a portion of that fentanyl into her body and said ingestion of fentanyl caused the death of Michelle Cobb,” prosecutors allege in court documents.

The DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Davis and Simmons during a recent bond hearing, according to court documents.

DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery set bond for Davis and Simmons at $250,000. They would each need to post $25,000 to be released from jail. If released, they would need to be placed on an electronic home monitoring device.

Davis and Simmons are due back in court at 2:30 p.m. Thursday for hearings on whether to reduce their bond amounts.

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon covers local government and breaking news for DeKalb County in Illinois. She has covered local government news for Shaw Media since 2018 and has had bylines in Daily Chronicle, Kendall County Record newspapers, Northwest Herald and in public radio over the years.