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Mother reacts to son's drug dealer charged with murder

Chaulk faces second-degree murder charges in connection to an overdose death. (Source: Pender County Sheriff's Office) Chaulk faces second-degree murder charges in connection to an overdose death. (Source: Pender County Sheriff's Office)
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A woman who sold a man a pill could be heading behind bars for murder.

The Pender County Grand Jury indicted Melinda Chaulk for second-degree murder after distributing drugs. The charge is related to the death of Matthew Eyster in April.

Charges like these for drug dealers are rare, but Eyster’s mother said she’s glad Chaulk is facing higher consequences.

"It doesn't bring my son back, it doesn't make that aspect of it, but yes I am thrilled that she's being held to those standards,” Eyster's mother Cindy Patane said. “Because I feel…dealers are never held accountable. They're not afraid to deal. Everybody blames the user. Now that dealers are being held accountable, maybe that will start to deter some of them from selling.”

Patane said Chaulk sold Eyster a pill worth $17 that led to his death shortly afterward.

"I want to focus on the positive, and I feel that the positive that comes from this is that she can't sell to someone else,” Patane said. “She's spent time in jail before for selling. It did no good. Apparently, she came out and did the same thing. So I want her to know that my son's life was worth more than the $17 she charged him for that pill."

Patane said she plans to be in the court when Chaulk makes an appearance.

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