Man charged with murder in overdose death of ailing wife

Duane Johnson. (Jail photo)
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SEARLES, Minn. (AP) Minnesota man accused of removing his ailing wife from a care center, taking her home and holding what he described as a "death party" before she died has been charged with murder.

Duane Johnson, 58, had been charged with criminal neglect in the January death of his wife, Debra Lynn Johnson, at their home in Searles.

Brown County prosecutors have now added a third-degree murder charge.

Prosecutors say Johnson told investigators he was fulfilling a promise to his wife that he would not let her die in a nursing home when he removed her from a transitional care facility against medical advice.

Authorities say Johnson told them he gave some methamphetamine to his wife because she wanted to party before her death.

A criminal complaint says the 69-year-old woman died of a methamphetamine overdose.