A Weaverville man charged with second-degree murder by unlawful distribution of a substance is being held in the Haywood County Detention Center.

Joshua Vincent Bass, 36, was initially indicted by a Haywood County Grand Jury on Oct. 5 on the charge before being arrested on Oct. 8.

Bass is only the second person to be hit with that charge in Haywood County. The first was James Dotson, who ultimately pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 25-31 years in prison.

While it isn’t stated in the indictment what the illegal substance Bass allegedly provided to the victim was, the charge itself implies that the drugs came directly from Bass and that the victim, whose autopsy notes that he’s also from Weaverville, died as a result of the overdose between July 19 and July 20 of 2019.

Bass has a significant criminal record and has dozens of larceny charges currently pending in Yancey County. In addition, he has faced charges in the past that include DWIs, assault on a female and drug charges, including possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance.

Bass is being held on $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 26.

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