Another trial set for woman with multiple drug convictions

Christina Granados McCauley


Update 3/5/2018- Trial postponed until April 3

Leonardtown, MD- A Leonardtown woman who was convicted for manslaughter in 2017 for a fatal opioid overdose will be back in court facing more drug charges.

Christina Granados McCauley, 58, is facing more than a dozen drug charges for both controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession and CDS possession with intent to distribute.

McCauley’s trial on the multiple drug charges is set to begin Wednesday, March 7. The charges stem from several incidents in June, July and August of 2017.

In December, McCauley was convicted of manslaughter, CDS possession not marijuana, CDS distribution of narcotics and reckless endangerment in connection with the overdose death of Mary Nell Miller in June of 2017.

St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz also charged her with second-degree depraved heart murder but she was acquitted on that charge.

The autopsy report ruled Miller’s death accidental and listed Carfentanil as one of the drugs found in her system. Carfentanil is a powerful opioid used as an elephant tranquilizer.

McCauley denied selling Miller the drugs.

McCauley was one of eight people indicted in August of 2017 by Fritz in an attempt to hold suspected drug dealers accountable for deadly overdoses. So far, five of those suspects have had their day in court—four stood trial and one accepted a plea deal.

Fritz has been unable to obtain a conviction on the second-degree murder charges.

McCauley has several other drug convictions in St. Mary’s County. In December of 2016, she pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and received a one year suspended sentence and was placed on probation for two years.

In March of 2010, McCauley pleaded guilty to CDS possession-not marijuana and received a suspended six month sentence and 18 months of probation.

In November of 2009, McCauley pleaded guilty to CDS possession-not marijuana. She received an 18 month suspended sentence and was placed on probation for three years.

Judge Karen H. Abrams will preside over the trial.

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