Minnesota man who held drug-fuelled ‘death’ party for the ill woman charged with murder

Duane Arden Johnson, 58, has been charged for the murder after he was determined his wife from a methamphetamine after a drug overdose fueled “death party.”
(Brown County Sheriff’s Office)

A Minnesota man who was arrested earlier this year after his wife was found dead in their home has been charged with the murder in her death after an autopsy found that she died from a methamphetamine overdose.

Duane Johnson, 58, is facing third degree murder charges in the January death of his wife, Debra Lynn Johnson, 69, in their home in Searles.

According to the police, Johnson called the police on Jan. 24 to report his wife had died.

Responding, the officials, Johnson stood at the front door naked and screaming that his wife was dead upstairs. He later told investigators he was fulling a promise to his wife that he would not let her die in a nursing home.


He said that they wanted to die at home, so he removed her from a nursing home against medical advice from experts, and then spent the last few days of her life with a “death party”, while the “rock” to heavy metal, and doing methamphetamine.

The indictment, obtained by KSTP, said Johnson told the police that he fed his wife snow for her death, and to keep her hydrated after she stopped drinking and eating.

Johnson said that his wife had convulsions, but died peacefully.

In the house police found Debra Johnson’s body still warm and wrapped in a sheet. The words “Death Parde, God of Hell,” painting on the front door, the Mankato Free Press reported.

He has reportedly told the police that he was “prepared to death, as the Bible told me to do” and was followed by the guidance of the Old Testament by “the cleaning of hair, making her beautiful and wrap her in linen,” the first indictment said.

“I’m crazy, I’m an idiot,” he said, according to the affidavit. “I don’t need it. . .I can’t lie because I am too stupid to plan ahead and lie.”

Johnson was initially charged with the offence of criminal neglect in connection with the death of his wife.


Prosecutors added the charges of third degree murder after autopsy results indicated the cause of death as methamphetamine toxicity. Johnson, who has been in prison since the death of his wife, faces up to 25 years in prison.

The police also found 47 guns, many of which were stolen. He was also responsible for the stolen goods.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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