The woman died of multiple organ failure after taking the fentanyl-contaminated medicine prescribed to her by her doctor, her attorney and her former husband.
The case was among the first to emerge from the federal crackdown on fentanyl-related deaths.
“We will fight this case in court to ensure the safety of our clients,” said Stephanie Kosten, one of the attorneys who represents the woman, Martin Payne, who is charged with the first-degree murder of her patient.
Pruitt said Payne had been on medication for several months.
She also said that Payne’s doctor recommended that she take fentanyl, which she had been prescribed for the treatment of chronic pain.
In a statement, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said the U,S.
attorney’s office is not commenting on pending cases.
The woman, who had a previous felony conviction, died Jan. 16, the Associated Press reported.
She was found slumped over a couch in her home in a small suburban Detroit suburb, where she had taken the fentanyl medication.
The Associated Press does not typically name patients who die, but the woman’s family said she was a family friend and had been diagnosed with chronic pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
It was not clear whether the woman had been receiving any treatment for her cancer, which had spread to her liver.
During the trial, a medical examiner testified that the woman was found unconscious, but her condition did not appear to be life-threatening.
Her condition had worsened over time, and she was taking painkillers, the medical examiner said.
Authorities believe the woman died from multiple organ dysfunction, according to court documents.
Payne was arrested in December, and investigators began reviewing evidence in the case in February.
While the woman may have been on fentanyl, she was not alone in her use of the opioid medication, according for the federal charges.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.K. court, other patients and patients’ families also had similar stories of abuse and overdoses by fentanyl-containing medications.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that fentanyl use has increased in the U: from 1.4 million deaths in 2014 to 2.1 million deaths this year.