Md. Woman Charged With Second-Degree Murder in Heroin Death

By Hoai-Tran Bui
|  Saturday, Apr 5, 2014  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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Woman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder in Heroin Death

A Maryland woman charged with second-degree murder for allegedly injecting heroin into a man who died of an overdose in January also was connected to a heroin overdose from October, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect drove John Cleveland to Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital Jan. 7, claiming she discovered him suffering from an apparent overdose at the Leonardtown Wharf, according to the sheriff. Cleveland was confirmed dead at the hospital, and an autopsy revealed that he died of a heroin overdose administered to him by another person.

Detectives launched an investigation and discovered the suspect injected Cleveland with morphine made from prescription medication they had purchased from an individual in Leonardtown, Md., Jan 6, according to the sheriff. Several hours later, the suspect, Cleveland and another person allegedly bought heroin in Annapolis and returned to a home in Leonardtown, Md., where Cleveland was injected with heroin. While he was suffering an overdose, the suspect had fallen asleep as a reult of her heroin use, the sheriff said. She woke up to discover Cleveland was no longer breathing.

The investigation revealed the suspect injected a man with heroin who died of an overdose Oct. 5, according to the sheriff. They had purchased the heroin in Prince George’s County and injected a portion of it before returning to St. Mary’s County.

While returning to St. Mary's, the man died, and the suspect allegedly left him in his car in a parking lot and called 911 after removing drug paraphernalia and heroin from the car, authorities said.

Detectives from St. Mary’s County’s Sheriff’s Office presented their investigation to the Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County and obtained an indictment charging the woman with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, administering controlled dangerous substances and distribution and possession of drugs.

Authorities are anticipating additional charges for the October death.

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