North Carolina Paramedic Accused Of Murdering Wife With Eye Drops To Collect Life Insurance Payout

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A paramedic in North Carolina has been accused of first-degree murder after allegedly killing his wife with eye drops and collecting her life insurance money of 250-thousand dollars.

Joshua Hunsucker appeared in court last Friday and was charged with first-degree murder, according to prosecutor Jordan Green from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

Hunsucker’s attorney, David Teddy, argued: 

“There’s been an allegation that’s been made, and, of course, Joshua is to be presumed innocent just like anybody else.” 

Teddy also added that Hunsucker has not run from the allegations, claiming:

“[Joshua has been] a law-abiding citizen his entire life.”

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Hunsucker’s wife, Stacy Hunsucker, suffered from health issues late in her life. She was eventually taken to a local hospital for treatment but later died from complications, presumably from those health issues.

An agent from the Department of Insurance and the medical investigator tested vials of her blood and discovered high levels of Tetrahydrozoline.

Prosecutor Green said Tetrahydrozoline is found in high doses in medical eye-drops, which have been used in some confirmed murder cases.

Green, however, did not confirm the method by which authorities believed Stacy Hunsucker was poisoned.

A toxicologist and cardiologist both confirmed that poisoning by eye-drops would cause heart failure or heart stoppage after short-term exposure to the medication. It’s plausible that Stacy Hunsucker’s health condition could have aligned with short-term exposure to eye-drops, resulting in her death.

Hunsucker’s bail is currently set at 1.5-million dollars.

Teddy has argued for a more reasonable bail amount, stating:

“He’s done nothing since his wife passed away that would give the impression that he’s doing anything other than doing everything he can do to take care of his two little girls.”

Green debated this, citing Hunsucker’s acquired life insurance money. 

“He also has 250-thousand dollars from life insurance proceeds that he collected upon his wife’s death. He has less holding him here than the picture was painted, and he has considerable assets as he collected this life insurance policy one year ago.”

In response, the judge set Hunsucker’s bail at 1.5-million dollars and said he is to be fitted with a GPS tracker if he is bailed out.

People had mixed reactions to the allegations against Hunsucker.

Hunsuscker is currently in Gaston County Jail and is expected back in court on January 2.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit