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Court date postponed in Pike County, Illinois, drug-induced homicide case

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PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - A plea hearing for the man charged with drug-induced homicide after selling a woman heroin in Pike County, Illinois has been postponed until May 30.

John Edgar, of Pearl, was expected to plead guilty Thursday afternoon, after being accused of selling heroin that killed Shanda Lopez, of Milton, in an overdose in September 2012.

(See "Pike County man arrested for drug-induced homicide")

The hearing was delayed because Judge Diane Lagoski said questions still needed to be answered by State's Attorney Carrie Boyd. However, she was not present in the courtroom and Lagoski said Boyd had not answered phone calls. Assistant State's Attorney Leecia Carnes said Boyd was out of the courthouse on an office-related trip.

This is also the case centered around felony charges of misconduct recently filed against Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty. State's Attorney Carrie Boyd says Petty did not properly take blood samples prior to Lopez's autopsy.

(See "Pike County, Illinois, sheriff charged with misconduct")

Edgar was originally scheduled for a bench trial on June 24.
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