A woman accused of selling methadone to a Union County man who died of an overdose the next day has been charged with second-degree murder.
Angela Rose McCorkle, 40, of Lancaster County, S.C., also was charged with felony selling and delivering a schedule II controlled substance.
The charges are in connection with the Feb. 17 death of Clay Thomas Scott of Waxhaw. Scott’s family found him unconscious in his bedroom that morning. Emergency responders took him to Carolinas HealthCare System-Waxhaw, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy determined that Scott died of methadone and clonazepam toxicity, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday.
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Authorities in Lancaster County, S.C., arrested McCorkle on Tuesday. She waived an extradition hearing and agreed to return to Union County to face the charges. Union County sheriff’s deputies drove her to the Union County Jail on Wednesday, where she was scheduled to appear before a magistrate and receive bail.
The sheriff’s office only recently received the results of toxicity tests on Scott’s body, which is why McCorkle was just arrested, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Underwood said.
McCorkle’s arrest is the second in Union County in less than a year involving someone accused of selling a controlled substance to a victim who then died of an overdose.
Last December, Farrell Glaser was charged with second-degree murder in the overdose death of Trenton Phillips. Glaser pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in September and is serving a state prison sentence of at least 15 months.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey issued a statement Wednesday saying he wants to send a strong message to those who deal drugs. “We have seen an increase in heroin and opioid cases and people have died as a result,” the sheriff said. “We will do everything we can to stop somebody from overdosing, but if it happens and we can identify the source of the drugs, we will charge them.”