CATAWISSA - A preliminary hearing for a Catawissa man charged in connection with the heroin overdose of an Elysburg woman was postponed from Friday until 11 a.m. Jan. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Craig Long.

The change in the hearing date for Gregory Shepard, 26, of 51 Winding Way, came at the request of the commonwealth.

Shepard, who is being represented by attorney Gregory Moro, of Bloomsburg, is charged by Locust Township Police Chief Allen Breach with felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and misdemeanors of recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The defendant was incarcerated at Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg on $50,000 cash bail after his arraignment Nov. 21, but his parents later posted property bail, allowing him to be released Nov. 26.

A co-defendant, Bryant Anthony Leiby, 25, of 814 Mount Zion Drive, Danville, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Dec. 5 before Long on felonies of delivering 15 packets of heroin and criminal use of a communication facility and has been ordered to appear for arraignment in Columbia County Court at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 before Judge Gary Norton.

Leiby, who was charged by Locust Township Officer Nicholas Thorpe, remains incarcerated at Columbia County Prison in lieu of $35,000 cash bail.

Shepard and Leiby are charged in connection with the death of Erika Smith, 34, of 160 Horvath Drive. Police said she overdosed from heroin Nov. 20 and died four days later at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

The overdose occurred at Shepard's residence, police said.

Charges against Leiby and Shepard were filed after the overdose incident but prior to Smith's death.