Retired Schoolteacher Murders Boyfriend In What Appears To Be A Jealously-Driven Attack: Report
It was reported on Monday that a retired Massachusetts schoolteacher was charged with murder after allegedly poisoning her boyfriend’s coffee with antifreeze.
According to reports, 64-year-old Judy Church was arrested on Friday after it was suspected that she poisoned her boyfriend, 55-year-old Leroy Fowler, with ethylene glycol.
Church called emergency services shortly after 8 p.m. Nov. 11 to report that Fowler was in “medical distress,” according to records obtained by NBC Boston. Explaining to dispatchers that her boyfriend “must have ingested something,” Church alleged that he was “pulling the bedroom apart, and had a bloody nose.”
Fowler was sent to three different hospitals for care. Doctors eventually found that his kidneys were failing due to antifreeze poisoning.
Fowler was pronounced dead on Nov. 13. Investigators eventually discovered unidentified containers on surveillance footage around Church’s apartment.
According to reports, Fowler was known to “go back and forth” between Church and a second girlfriend.
Court documents stated that Fowler’s stepson, Michael Hawkins, told investigators that he overheard Church saying she “wanted to murder” the other girlfriend. Church also reportedly took out a life insurance policy on Fowler one year before his death.
Church was denied bail on Friday. She is due back in court on Jan. 23 for a probable cause hearing
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