Michigan’s attorney general is seeking a criminal investigation into the meningitis deaths of 17 residents from contaminated steroids.

Bill Schuette announced on Tuesday that he asked the Court of Appeals to order a multi-county grand jury probe of the New England compounding center responsible for the contaminated steroids.

READ: AG's court request

A grand jury is able to compel testimony under oath; state investigators do not have that power.

Michigan leads the country in the fungal meningitis outbreak with 259 infections and 17 deaths.

Schuette says there is probable cause to believe crimes were committed in Genesee, Grand Traverse, Livingston and Macomb counties -- which have private clinics that administered the steroids.

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