Woman tried killing her vet husband with animal euthanasia drugs
A veterinarian’s wife in Wisconsin is facing attempted first-degree intentional homicide charges after allegedly poisoning him multiple times with medications intended to put down animals.
The charges against Amanda Chapin, 50, of Monroe, were filed on December 28 in Lafayette County. The Wisconsin State Journal said that on three separate occasions in July and August, she poisoned her 70-year-old husband Gary Chapin by putting barbiturates in his coffee.
They apparently tied the knot in March, according the criminal complaint. After the wedding, Amanda Chapin forged her husband’s son’s signature on a power of attorney document and then asked that he change the deed to their property so she would inherit it in the event of his death. It was alleged in the complaint that less than three weeks after the quit claim deed on the residence was approved, she first attempted to poison her husband.
It is said in the complaint that after the third time he had the tainted coffee in early August, he went into a coma that lasted for four days. Analysis of his blood showed that the barbiturates he tested positive for had come from medications intended for use in the euthanization of animals.
Online court documents show that Gary Chapin has filed for divorce from Amanda Chapin, and that his son has sought a restraining order against Amanda Chapin on his father’s behalf.
The criminal complaint alleges that in September, Amanda Chapin broke the restraining order by emailing her husband a suicide note in which she said that she had decided to end her life because her husband and his children would “destroy” her. She denied poisoning him over and over.
The note, which was included with the complaint, read, “The only thing I am guilty of is loving you SOOOOOOOO MUCH.”
She made it to the hospital after paramedics arrived, and she is now doing fine despite her suicide attempt. The next day, Gary Chapin submitted a divorce petition.
Amanda Chapin is being represented by attorney Adam Witt, according to online court records, in a homicide case. It appears from the website of the Wisconsin Bar Association that Witt is a public defender in Green County.