Bradley James Westphal (Image courtesy Renville County Attorney)

An Olivia man, Bradley James Westphal, age 38, of Olivia, has pled guilty to Murder in the Third Degree for the death of Connie Marie Havens, 56, of Olivia.

According to the Renville County Attorney’s Office, on July 19, 2021, law enforcement responded to Westphal’s residence for a report of an unresponsive female who was transported to the hospital and later died. Connie Havens and her daughter had arrived at the residence late the previous day when Westphal provided Havens with what he claimed to be Percocet. According to toxicology reports, the substance was actually fentanyl.

In initial statements to law enforcement, Westphal stated that Havens had brought the pills to the residence herself. However, at the plea hearing, Westphal admitted to providing the pills to her.

The investigation determined that while Havens was struggling to breath, Westphal failed to call 911 and started removing drugs and drug paraphernalia from the residence. Law enforcement officers recovered the drugs and drug paraphernalia from a vehicle stored on Westphal’s property. Evidence established Westphal was calling various other individuals and sending Facebook messages prior to attempting to contact 911.

Havens is survived by her 10 children.

Renville County Attorney Kelsie Kingstrom credits the entirety of the investigation to both the Renville County Sheriff’s Office and the Olivia Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Derek Archambault and Andrew LeFevour from the Eckberg Lammers firm in Stillwater, MN.

Westphal will be sentenced on May 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the Renville County Courthouse in Olivia.