A Peoria man was charged Monday with providing the drugs that killed a Pekin man last February.
Bond was set at $100,000 for Jared Anderson, 46, on a charge of drug-induced homicide, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Wayne Klein, 62, died last Feb. 21, six days after he collapsed in his garage in the 300 block of Spruce Street after allegedly meeting with Anderson, who came to his house after a series of cellphone calls between the two.
An autopsy revealed Klein succumbed to fentanyl, a powerful pain killer more dangerous than heroin but often laced with it, as well as morphine, amphetamine and cocaine, court records stated.
Investigators determined through tracing the location of calls made on Anderson’s phone on Feb. 15 that he was in the vicinity of Klein’s home that day. A man who was at Klein’s home that day said he believed it was Anderson whom Klein went outside to meet in Anderson’s pickup truck, records stated.
Anderson told an investigator in late May that he had been providing Klein heroin and used it with him for about a year. He "couldn’t tell … what he gave (Klein) that day or how much," records stated. He "was sure the point of their conversations (that day) was that Wayne ran out of pills and needed some help."
He is next due in court on July 23.