Leonardtown woman heading back to court on drug charges

Christina Granados McCauley

Leonardtown, MD- A Leonardtown woman who was recently convicted of manslaughter in connection with a fatal overdose will be back in court for another two day trial.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Christina Granados McCauley, 58, will once again face several drug charges stemming from three dates in June and July of last year. McCauley is charged with CDS possession not marijuana and CDS distribution of narcotics in all three cases.

In December, McCauley was found guilty of manslaughter, controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession not marijuana, CDS distribution of narcotics and reckless endangerment. She was also charged with second-degree depraved heart murder but was acquitted on that charge.

McCauley was indicted on the second-degree murder charge in August of 2017 along with seven other individuals who were suspected of selling drugs that led to deadly overdoses.

McCauley sold drugs to Mary Nell Miller in June of 2017. Miller overdosed just hours after buying the drugs from McCauley but the jury found her not guilty of second degree depraved heart murder.

After McCauley’s trial, St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz did not comment on the verdict because of McCauley's pending cases but he did say, "If you distribute drugs and you kill somebody, you will be prosecuted for homicide in St. Mary's County."

This was the second time Fritz tried and failed to get a conviction from a jury for a suspect charged with second-degree depraved heart murder.

A sentencing date for McCauley’s conviction has not yet been scheduled.

Judge David W. Densford will preside over the next trial.

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Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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