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Max Dobner

Max Dobner

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Updated: March 19, 2013 6:17AM



One of two men accused in a lawsuit of manufacturing and selling the synthetic marijuana linked to a young Aurora man’s death is scheduled to be deposed in the case early next month.

Brandon Seydel is expected to face questioning on March 1 as the wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2011 by the mother of Max Dobner proceeds in DuPage County Court.

Dobner, who was 19 at the time, smoked some synthetic marijuana on June 14, 2011, then suffered heart palpitations and hallucinations while trying to drive home. He crashed into a house on Route 31 in North Aurora across from Mooseheart and died instantly.

Karen Dobner has sued the makers of the synthetic marijuana iAroma — Brandon and Kevin Seydel — and the owner of The Cigar Box at Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora where Max Dobner and a friend purchased iAroma hours before the crash. The lawsuit claims iAroma’s packaging made no mention of synthetic drugs or provided any indication of who made it, where it was made or how it was intended to be used.

The Seydels and Cigar Box owner Ruby Mohsin have denied any wrongdoing.

Kevin Seydel previously filed an affirmative defense claiming Max Dobner misused iAroma, which was intended to be used as an odorizer, court documents state.

Mohsin’s attorney successfully argued a recent motion for the disclosure of reports and records belonging to a counselor who treated Dobner. The judge agreed to review the records to determine their relevance to the case. The counselor was recently deposed, according to court documents.

The case returns to court on March 6.

Report ordered for
fatal crash suspect

A DuPage County judge has ordered a “pre-plea” report for Logan Krogman, the Aurora teen accused of reckless homicide in the death of a classmate in a single-car crash last year.

Krogman, 16, has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in connection to the October crash that killed Metea Valley High School student Devin Meadows. In general, a pre-plea report is used to provide a judge with additional information about a defendant and can be an indication attorneys could be seeking a resolution to a case.

Krogman, who was 15 and did not have a driver’s license, was behind the wheel of a 2012 Chevy Malibu around 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2012, when he lost control of the car on the wet pavement of Stonebridge Drive, went airborne and smashed into a home on Hamman Way, according to authorities. Meadows, one of Krogman’s three passengers, died after being ejected from the vehicle.

The indictment states Krogman was driving 90 mph in a 25-mph zone with “intent to get the vehicle to go 100 mph” at the time of the crash. It also says Krogman failed to decrease the speed when approaching a curve on Stonebridge Drive.

Krogman is scheduled to return to court on March 11.

Aurora man denies
drug charges

Arrested as part of a large-scale drug and weapons sweep in 2012, Lashawn Herndon pleaded not guilty this month to charges he sold cocaine near an Aurora park last year.

Herndon, 29, was among 19 people picked up by local and federal officials at the culmination of a year-plus investigation into drug and weapons trafficking in Aurora. Herndon remains in the Kane County Jail on $100,000 bail, accused of delivery of a controlled substance. He has been scheduled for a March 7 status hearing.



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