Effingham, IL -- Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan M. Kibler has filed a Class X felony homicide charge against one of the individuals held in connection with the February death of Jessica M. James, 29, of Effingham (and formerly of Shelbyville).
Kibler charged Monday that Jay C. Miller, 23, of Altamont committed the offense of Drug Induced Homicide on February 4 of this year in that Miller “knowingly delivered a substance containing heroin (to James, and that James subsequently) injected a portion of that heroin into her body and that said injection of heroin caused the death of .... James.”
“Our actions this morning in filing the new charge are predicated on toxicology reports received by my office late last week,” said Kibler. “Upon review of these reports, we know now - as suspected - that Ms. James died of a heroin overdose.”
Miller previously had been charged with mere Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), a Class 2 Felony, along with simple possession.
As a Class X felony charge, Drug Induced Homicide is punishable upon conviction by not less that 15 but not more than 30 years in prison.
A purported Miller accomplice, Albert D. Church, 23, of Effingham, remains charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) by Accountability, also a Class 2 Felony. Authorities believe that Albert church arranged for Jessica James’ purchase of heroin from Jay Miller. Miller and Church remain in custody at the Effingham County Jail.