Central Pennsylvania man charged in second heroin death

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 21, 2015 11:22 AM

(Carlisle) -- A Cumberland County man already awaiting trial on charges he sold heroin killed a drug-user in May has been charged in a second overdose death.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jesse Blais, of Carlisle, has been jailed without bond since Oct. 7 when he was charged with drug delivery resulting in death for the May 2 overdose of Lorraine Avery, of Middlesex Township.

Authorities on Tuesday charged Blais with supplying the heroin that killed 20-year-old Mechanicsburg resident Michael Sullivan on May 14.

Police say witnesses identified Blais as the person who sold the heroin.

But Deputy Public Defender John Shugars says the witness in the Avery case drove her to the drug deal, may have his own agenda, and identified the dealer by his first name only. An attorney hasn't been appointed in the Sullivan death.

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