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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man originally who was accused with trying to conceal a body during a 2008 homicide is now charged with first-degree murder for his supposed role in the case.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/Q5QsSY ) reports prosecutors in St. Clair County have filed the upgraded charges against 37-year-old Jason Cowley of Collinsville.

Cowley is accused of assisting 35-year-old Lortez Thomas of Washington Park in the slaying of 47-year-old Eric Mollet of New Baden.

Authorities say Mollet's body was found in a burned Washington Park home.

Thomas has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial May 19.

Online court records do not show the name of Cowley's attorney.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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