A Sherman man indicted last month on charges of providing alcohol to an underage girl, who subsequently died, received his conditions for bond last week in the 397th state district court.
William Wheeler posted a $30,000 personal recognizance bond in August, just two months after police arrested him in June. Previously published reports show police were called to a residence in the 2200 block of Kevin Court back on June 11. There they found Kayla Sue Youngs dead. An affidavit prepared in the case said there were no obvious signs of injury to Young’s body, but she had a white foam on her upper lip. The document said the white foam is “often associated with deaths resulting from excessive alcohol or substance abuse.”
Police reportedly found bottles of cinnamon flavored whiskey, coconut rum and peppermint schnapps in Wheeler’s bedroom closet, and an empty bottle of cherry flavored vodka was found in the kitchen trash can. Police then interviewed Wheeler, a 16-year-old girl, and 19-year-old Joshua Benner, who were all at the residence the night of the death.
Benner told police that Wheeler purchased the alcohol the previous night for the teenagers, and Wheeler drank as well. He said Wheeler was in the room when “Youngs was chugging excessive quantities of the alcoholic beverages,” according to the document.
In the initial interview with Wheeler, he told police that he did not purchase the alcohol for the teenager, did not drink with them and did not observe them drinking. The affidavit states that Wheeler told police he checked on Youngs at about 4 a.m. and could not determine if she had a pulse. Wheeler could not wake her, and the document states he “chose not to contact emergency services and instead went back to bed.”
He later told police he did buy the alcohol and watched the teens become intoxicated.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and toxicology on the body, and found that Youngs’ blood alcohol content was 0.411. The document notes the statutory limit for blood alcohol content in Texas is 0.08. No other substances were found, and her death was listed as because of “toxic effects of alcohol.”
His next court date is June 6.
Wheeler is represented by Sherman attorney Joe N. Smith.