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BOARD SETS HEARING FOR OGDEN PHYSICIAN

A May 20 hearing before the Physicians Licensing Board has been set for an Ogden pediatrician accused of unethical conduct in his relationship with a woman who died of a drug overdose.

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing alleges that Dr. Sherman Johnson provided Donna Marie Kristi Jones a fatal dose of drugs and falsified her death certificate.He also is accused of not maintaining records of her treatment and not performing necessary medical tests and exams.

Johnson, who also is under investigation by the Davis County attorney's office in the death, denies the allegations.

He said he was a friend of the woman and that he gave her money and marital advice as well as some medical care.

Johnson was alone with Jones when she died Oct. 4, 1989. He listed the cause of death as ovarian cancer, drug reaction, pneumonia and continuous convulsions.

An autopsy conducted after friends of the woman persuaded authorities to exhume her body, determined cause of death as a drug overdose.

Johnson said the woman told him she was dying of ovarian cancer.