Paramedic Joshua Lee Hunsucker, is charged with murder for ‘poisoning his wife, with EYE DROPS’ so he could collect her $250,000 life insurance after his mother-in-law said he was cheating’
Hunsucker, 35, was arrested on Thursday in North Carolina, Joshua Hunsucker is charged with first-degree in the September 2018 death of his wife 32-year-old wife, Stacy Robinson Hunsucker, a year ago
His 32-year-old wife, Stacy Hunsucker died suddenly in their home on Sept. 23 last year
Joshua gave different versions of where he was before he discovered his wife in their home in Mt. Holly near Charlotte, slumped over, not breathing and blue on September 23, 2018.
Her mother-in-law raised the alarm and demanded an insurance investigation – she accused Joshua of seeing a secret girlfriend before her daughter’s death
The ‘grieving husband’ Although Joshua would not allow an autopsy to be performed
A blood sample was preserved which would later prove crucial to the case as blood tests found extreme levels of tetrahydrozoline, an ingredient in eye drops
Stacey’s death came weeks after widely publicized eye drop murder nearby
Soon after the death, Joshua collected $250,000 from two life insurance policies, arousing the suspicions of his mother-in-law Suzie Robinson
He’s currently being held in the Gaston County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail
Joshua Lee Hunsucker, 35, was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 19, in Gaston County, North Carolina on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Stacy Robinson Hunsucker, 32.
Stacey’s death in September 2018, at the couple’s home on the outskirts of Charlotte was initially ruled natural, until her mother raised alarms and accused Joshua of cheating on her and other suspicious behavior.
‘We have probable cause he [Joshua], poisoned Mrs. Hunsucker with Visine, which caused her death,’ said Jordan Green, an attorney for the fraud investigations unit of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, in court Friday, the Gaston Gazette reports.
He had told investigators he was seated at the kitchen table, with his back to her, working on his computer, when he turned around to see her slumped over on the couch.
Stacey was rushed to a hospital, where she later died. Although Joshua would not allow an autopsy to be performed, a blood sample was preserved which would later prove crucial to the case.
Soon after the death and his collection of $250,000 from two life insurance policies, Joshua’s mother-in-law Suzie Robinson began to grow suspicious, saying that he had been secretly dating a girlfriend before Stacey’s death.
After her outcry, an insurance fraud investigation was commenced. Investigators interviewed Joshua’s co-workers at Atrium Health’s MedCenter Air, where he had served as a lead paramedic since 2013, who said they were surprised how unaffected he seemed by his wife’s death.
They were also shocked by how fast he began publicly dating another girlfriend less than six months after his wife’s death.
Joshua Hunsucker resisted an autopsy report on his wife. However, a test of Stacy’s preserved blood sample found massive levels of one of the medications in over-the-counter eye drops in Stacey’s system. The source could be Visine [image], or a similar brand, investigators reported
The amount found was roughly 30 to 40 times higher than the therapeutic level, which the investigator Green said would have had a ‘dramatic effect on her heart, which would cause heart stoppage in a short amount of time.’
Adding to suspicion in the case is the fact that just two weeks prior to Stacey’s death, a nurse was arrested in Sough Carolina after confessing to killing her husband with eye drops — a case that had received widespread media attention.
Stacey’s obituary said that she worked for the preschool at First Baptist Charlotte, was a former teacher at First Methodist Preschool in Mount Holly.
Joshua Hunsucker is currently being held in the Gaston County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.
Hunsucker’s next court appearance, a probable cause hearing, is set for January 9, as his attorney David Teddy said the allegations against him would be ‘strenuously opposed.’