Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

April 10, 2014

Trial date delayed for Miller in heroin overdose case

Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — The jury trial date for Jay C. Miller, 23, who is charged with drug-induced homicide in the death of Jessica James, has been continued.

Judge Kimberly Koester granted Thursday the state's request to delay the jury trial, originally set for Monday, to allow time for additional lab results. Although the state requested the trial be pushed back to June 2, Koester set the new trial date for May 5, but added it is unlikely the trial will take place on that date because of another trial scheduled.

Effingham County Public Defender Scott Schmidt objected to the delay, noting autopsy results and electronic evidence in the case have been available for some time. Schmidt also objected to the state's recent charge of drug-induced homicide so close to trial. The Class X felony charges that on Feb. 4 Miller "knowingly delivered a substance containing heroin (to James, and that James subsequently) injected a portion of that heroin into her body and that the injection of heroin caused the death of Jessica M. James."

Another pretrial date was set for April 30 at 10 a.m.

Miller has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controled substance in connection to James Feb. 5 death. Miller remains in Effingham County Jail.