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CHARLESTON -- A man accused of supplying the drugs that led to another man's death in March is now charged with drug-induced homicide.

The charge was filed on Monday against Maliq A. Scott, 20, of Charleston, who was already facing a drug delivery charge.

Scott is accused of providing heroin to Paul T. Frailey, a 25-year-old Mattoon man who died at his residence on March 4. A charge of delivery of a controlled substance was filed against Scott on March 19.

On Tuesday, Coles County State's Attorney Jesse Danley said the drug-induced homicide charge was added after autopsy results became available.

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The autopsy showed that Frailey's death was caused by "acute heroin toxicity," county Coroner Ed Schniers said.

The drug-induced homicide charge accuses Scott of providing heroin and fentanyl to Frailey on March 3, and Frailey's death resulted from injecting the drug, causing an overdose.

Schniers said the autopsy didn't indicate fentanyl was found in Frailey's system but it did conclude that the drug overdose was the main cause of death.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid painkiller that can be misused and lead to overdoses. Rock music star Prince died from an overdose of the drug in 2016.

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Scott appeared in court briefly on Monday and was informed of the new charge. Circuit Judge James Glenn scheduled his next hearing for June 17.

Charleston attorney Todd Reardon was appointed earlier to represent Scott in the case. Reardon couldn't be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Scott has been jailed since his arrest on March 22 and his bond is set at a level that would require $2,500 to be posted for release from custody.

The drug-induced homicide charge would require a prison sentence of six to 30 years if Scott is convicted.

The earlier charge against him, delivery of a controlled substance, can result in a three- to seven-year prison sentence, though prison time isn't required with a conviction for that offense.

Scott pleaded not guilty to the controlled substance delivery charge during a hearing on April 1.

His case is the second drug-induced homicide charge to be filed in Coles County in eight months and the fourth in just more than five years.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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