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Judge’s verdict expected today in overdose death of girl, 17

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

MEDINA — A verdict is expected today in the trial of a female Iraq war veteran accused of supplying heroin to a Medina teenager who died of an overdose last year.

Heather Graham, 31, who had lived in Medina but now is a Cleveland resident, denied supplying the drugs to 17-year-old Brittnee Johns, who died May 30, 2013, two days before her graduation from Medina High School.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said he will announce his verdict this morning. The judge earlier said he would release the verdict Monday, but Graham’s attorney could not be present.

Kimbler is deciding the case because Graham declined a jury trial.

Brittnee and Graham met in Narcotics Anonymous, which they attended as recovering addicts, according to testimony at the trial last month.

Medina High School student Brittnee Johns, 17, was found dead in 2013 in her Canterbury Lane townhouse of a drug overdose.

Brittnee Johns

The day before Brittnee died, witnesses said she was in Cleveland with Graham. One witness, 23-year-old Jason Gangle, said he bought the drugs with Graham’s money.

Gangle was sentenced Thursday to nine months in prison for his involvement.

County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi said at trial that Graham gave the drugs to Brittnee after they arrived back in Medina.

Graham denied she bought any drugs that day, but said it was possible Gangle and Brittnee bought the drugs during the half-hour she was asking about a shuttle service to a treatment center.

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