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$250K bond for Palatine woman charged with drug-induced homicide

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Michelle Johnson, 40 Michelle Johnson, 40
PALATINE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A former nursing assistant charged in the death of her friend, who died after he took morphine that she allegedly stole from work last May, was ordered held on a $250,000 bond Saturday.

Michelle Johnson, 40, was charged Friday with one count of drug-induced homicide, theft over $500 and delivery of a controlled substance in connection to the May 26 death of 34-year-old John Maher, a statement from the Cook County Sheriff's office said.

Sheriff's police discovered Johnson had stolen pharmaceutical-grade morphine from the medical facility where she worked in unincorporated Maine Township in May, the statement said.

Detectives learned at the time that Palatine police found morphine at a home in the 700 block of Whispering Oaks Court, where they were investigating Maher's death, police said.

The morphine was not prescribed to Maher, the sheriff's office said.

Maher died from taking the morphine, and both Palatine police and the sheriff's office discovered that it was the same stash Johnson had stolen from the Maine Township medical facility, the statement said.

Johnson and Maher, who were friends, got together after she allegedly stolen the morphine, police found during the investigation.

Johnson was ordered held on $250,000 during a bond hearing Saturday, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office. She is next scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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