SEARLES, Minn. – A Minnesota man accused of removing his sickly wife from a nursing home, taking her home and holding what he described as a "death party" before she died, has been charged with murder.  Twenty-one-year-old Duane Johnson had been charged with criminal neglect in the death of his death in Debra Lynn Johnson at their home in Searles. Brown County prosecutors have now added a third-degree murder charge.
Prosecutors say Johnson told investigators that he fulfilled a promise to his wife that he would not let her die in a nursing home when he removed her from a transitional treatment for medical advice.
Authorities say Johnson told them that 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.