Jessy Kurczewski, 37, of Franklin, Wisc., was charged Friday with first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of felony theft
On Oct. 3, 2018, she had called cops to her friend’s home in Waukesha County, stating the victim was not breathing
Responding deputies found the woman lying in a recliner, with a “large amount of crushed medication on her chest and a plate directly to the left of her with a large amount of what appeared to be crushed up medication still on the plate”
The woman was dead and the autopsy revealed that she had fatal levels of tetrahydrozoline – the main ingredient in eye drops in her system
Investigators, who initially believed the woman’s death could have been the result of a drug overdose, learned Kurczewski had been providing care to the victim and had keys to her home
Kurczewski who tried vey much to convince investigators that her friend had been suicidal, indicated she was also had the power of attorney for the dead woman
The victim is not named in the court docs, but prosecutors say Kurczewski stole $290,210 from her
Kursczewski allegedly put tetrahydrozoline in the victim’s chair and placed crushed pain killers on her chest, to create the impression she’d killed herself, police said
Cash bond was set at $1 million, and she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 25
A Wisconsin woman has been charged with murdering her friend by poisoning her with eyedrops then trying to make the death look like a suicide. Franklin resident, Jessy Kurczewski was charged on June 4 with first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of felony theft.
Kurczewski, 37, is accused of murdering her friend after stealing nearly $300,000 from her in 2018. The victim was killed in her Pewaukee home, but was not named in the court documents.
According to charging documents filed on Monday, Kurczewski called police to her friend’s home, stating her friend was not breathing, on Oct. 3, 2018.
The responding Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy noticed an unconscious woman lying in a recliner, with a “large amount of crushed medication on her chest and a plate directly to the left of her with a large amount of what appeared to be crushed up medication still on the plate.”
She had put painkillers on the woman’s chest and told police that she was suicidal.
When police conducted an autopsy, they found that the victim had a fatal dose of tetrahydrozoline in her system. It is the main ingredient in eye drops.
Kurczewski tried to convince them that the victim intentionally killed herself by drinking the fluid.
Prosecutors said investigators, who initially believed the woman’s death could have been the result of a drug overdose, according to the complaint, learned Kurczewski had been providing care to the victim and had keys to her home. Kurczewski indicated she was also the power of attorney for the victim.
During witness interviews, another friend of the victim stated that he “did not believe her death was a drug overdose” but rather believed Kurczewski was involved.
The spoke in the wheels was when the Waukesha County Medical Examiner concluded it would be “impossible to have that level of tetrahydrozoline in the blood just by using it in the eyes.”
Arrested in July 2019, Kurczewski was placed on probation and parole. The suspect “adamantly denied” killing her friend and said she didn’t give the victim any eyes drops. Kurczewski went on to say that the victim “must have staged her own suicide with the crushed pills.”
A day after her arrest told investigators she “wasn’t buying what the medical examiner is saying.” Kurczewski then said she “actually had seen the victim drink Visine with vodka before her death,” according to the complaint.
The following day, on July 11, 2019, Kurczewski stated that on the day of her friend’s death, she gave her a water bottle with six Visine bottles in it.
Police going through bank records discovered she had misappropriated more than $290,210, including over $130,000 that was “transferred fraudulently” from the victim to Kurczewski.
She made her initial appearance in Waukesha County court on Monday, charged with homicide and two counts of felony theft. Cash bond was set at $1 million, and she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 25.