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Palatine woman charged with drug-induced homicide

Michelle Johns40 was charged Friday drug-related death her friend | Cook County Sheriff's office photo

Michelle Johnson, 40, was charged Friday in the drug-related death of her friend | Cook County Sheriff's office photo

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A former nursing assistant has been charged with drug-induced homicide in the death of a friend who authorities say took morphine the woman gave him after stealing it from work.

Michelle Johnson, 40, of Palatine, also was charged Friday with theft over $500 and delivery of a controlled substance in the May 26 death of 34-year-old John Maher in Palatine, the Cook County sherriff’s office said.

Johnson was ordered held Saturday on $250,000 bail.

The sheriff’s police said Johnson stole pharmaceutical-grade morphine from a medical facility where she worked in unincorporated Maine Township.

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