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Man Accused in Metro-East Heroin Death

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man is accused of contributing to a woman’s heroin death.

A Madison County grand jury indicted 33-year-old Brian Petty of Caseyville on a drug-induced homicide count.

Petty is accused of providing and injecting the heroin authorities say killed 49-year-old Gail Trexler of Maryville last January. Trexler’s body was found in her apartment.

A woman who answered the telephone Tuesday at a home listing for Petty identified herself as his mother and said her son’s innocence will come out in court. Declining to give her name, she said Petty has been in voluntary rehab for the past month and turned himself in Sunday to Madison County authorities.

Petty is jailed on $150,000 bond.

The charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

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