Third-degree murder charge in death of Scandia man

A 21-year-old Oakdale woman has been charged with third-degree murder in the 2012 death of a 23-year-old Scandia man.

Frank Eck
Frank Eck

Frank Eck overdosed on methadone on Aug. 1. According to the criminal complaint, Emily Katherine Frye sold Eck the methadone pills. Frye, if convicted of the felony, will face a sentence of 10-15 years in prison in accordance with Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines.

The complaint quotes Frye, upon hearing of Eck’s death, as saying, “I knew I shouldn’t have sold him those methadone.”

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced the charges on Thursday.

“We have had a rash of overdose deaths, not just in Washington County, but all through the metro area in the last year and a half,” Orput said. “People need to be aware that providing another person with a controlled substance can make them responsible for whatever may happen to the person receiving that drug, including the death of that person.

“My office is bound and determined to go after bona fide drug dealers as aggressively as we can. The victim in this case had an addiction problem and was vulnerable as a result. The blame for his death, however, lies squarely at the foot of the drug dealer, and that is where our attention will be focused.”

Eck was a member of the Minnesota National Guard and the Forest Lake High School Class of 2007.