A 37-year-old Florida woman is behind bars after she allegedly tried to kill her husband by poisoning him with a tuna sandwich full of Trazodone.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Beth Dickison Richards at her Lake Wales home on Friday on charges of Attempted Murder, according to a Polk County Sheriff media release.
Richards, who is reportedly employed as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service, confessed to the attempted poisoning (post-Miranda), claiming that she crushed up Trazodone pills and laced her husband’s tuna sandwich.
The release states that Richards told her step-sister, Jessica Jarvis, that she crushed up several of the pills and placed them in Gregory Lawrence Richards’ sandwich.
Gregory Richards’ told deputies that he ate part of the sandwich and began feeling dizzy and nauseous, prompting him to check in to the Lake Wales Medical Center where he was treated and released a short time later.
During the arrest, Polk County deputies also found a pouch of cannabis in Beth Richards’ room, which she reportedly admitted belonged to her, adding to her list of charges.
Beth Richards’ now faces charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Poisoning Food with the intent to Kill, Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Overdose symptoms of Trazodone may include the following symptoms; drowsiness, vomiting, penis erection that is painful or prolonged, fast or pounding heartbeat, seizure (black-out or convulsions), or breathing that slows or stops.
Richards is currently in custody at the Polk County Jail.
Woman charged with attempted murder after putting Trazodone in hubby's tuna sandwich