FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

August 20, 2012

Two Union Coun­ty Women Indict­ed on Drug Induced Homi­cide Charges

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury has returned indict­ments against Ang­ie V. Lil­ge­gren (DOB 06-24-1954) of 3825 Chris­t­ian Chapel Road in rur­al Don­go­la and San­dra L. Smith (DOB 07-07-1960) of 3550 Chris­t­ian Chapel Road in rur­al Don­go­la in con­nec­tion with the death of Zane Smith in Sep­tem­ber 2011.  Lil­ge­gren is charged with one (1) count of Drug Induced Homi­cide, a Class X Felony, and one (1) count of Con­ceal­ment of a Homi­ci­dal Death, a Class 3 Felony.  Smith is charged with one (1) count of Drug Induced Homi­cide, a Class X Felony, and one (1) count of Obstruct­ing Jus­tice, a Class 4 Felony.

Zane Smith was found dead at Lilgegren’s res­i­dence on the morn­ing of Sep­tem­ber 16, 2011.  Lil­ge­gren and Smith were indict­ed by the Union Coun­ty Grand Jury ear­li­er this month fol­low­ing a year-long inves­ti­ga­tion by Illi­nois State Police and the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office.  Lil­ge­gren and Smith are alleged to have pro­vid­ed con­trolled sub­stances to Zane Smith in the days pri­or to his death.  Lil­ge­gren is also alleged to have moved the victim’s body and delayed in allow­ing Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputies access to the room where the body was found.  Smith is alleged to have made false state­ments to inves­ti­ga­tors regard­ing deliv­ery of a con­trolled sub­stance to Zane Smith.

Lil­ge­gren and Smith were tak­en in to cus­tody on the after­noon of August 20, 2012 by Illi­nois State Police and Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputies.  Each is being held at the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail in Mur­phys­boro on $150,000 bond and is set for First Appear­ance on Tues­day, August 21st at 9:00 a.m. at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house in Jonesboro.

The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.