February 9, 2016

Woman accused of fentanyl delivery may be going to trial


STANDISH — The attorney for an Au Gres woman accused of delivering a controlled substance that caused death told Circuit Court Judge William Myles Dec. 11 that the defense was demanding a jury trial.

Michele Compau, 52, is alleged to have delivered fentanyl to a 26-year-old Au Gres man in June. The individual who allegedly received the drug allegedly died of an overdose.

Compau was in 23rd Circuit Court for a pretrial Dec. 11, and although her attorney, Duane Hadley, said they intend to proceed to a jury trial, he said a plea bargain was not out of the question. He told Myles that a plea deal offered by the prosecution would be taken under consideration.

Myles requested that exhibit and witness lists be received by the court by Dec. 26. Hadley said the defense was reaching out to a pharmacologist to testify on behalf of Compau.

“There’s a doctor that we will be hiring as an expert witness,” he said.

Myles said the court would proceed with scheduling dates for a jury trial. Both Hadley and the prosecuting attorney, Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Sprague, said the trial would likely take just two days.

Fentanyl is a pain killer used to ease chronic pain, but is sometimes used as a heroin substitute.

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