Duane Arden Johnson, 58, of Searles, Minnesota, was initially charged with criminal neglect and receiving stolen property after his wife’s death in January. On Monday, prosecutors added a charge of third-degree murder for providing drugs that caused a fatal overdose.
On Jan. 24, officers were called to the home of Duane and Debra Johnson and found the words “Death Parde God Hell” spray-painted on the front door.
Deputies said Johnson ran out of the home naked and said his wife had died. Then he went back inside to take a bath.
Deputies entered the home and found Debra Johnson’s body wrapped in a sheet the top of the stairs, authorities said. They also found four rifles, two shotguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition of several varieties, which were allegedly stolen.
According to the Mankato Free Press, Duane had checked his wife out of a nursing home because she wanted to die at home.
He told investigators that she stopped taking her medications and that they spend her final hours using methamphetamine, having sex and listening to heavy metal music.
Duane said his wife began having convulsions, but wouldn’t let him call the police. When she died, Johnson said he washed her body and wrapped her in linen, then waited several hours to call 911.
Officials later determined Debra died of methamphetamine toxicity.
Johnson is now charged with murder and felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property.
If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.