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.