Wife accused of poisoning veterinarian husband with animal euthanasia drugs
According to Wisconsin prosecutors, a woman poisoned her husband using an animal euthanasia drug.
Amanda Chapin is currently being tried for the attempted first-degree intentional murder of Gary Chapin.
Gary, 70, and Amanda, 50, were married in March 2022. Shortly thereafter, she allegedly forged his signature on a power-of-attorney document, then tried to amend his house deed to give her ownership of the property upon his death.
According to his children, Gary had already informed his son via text message that he would have the power of attorney if he was hospitalized.
Prosecutors claim Amanda poisoned her husband’s coffee with animal-euthanasia drugs that she obtained from his veterinary clinic.
Gary started experiencing vertigo symptoms around July.
According to her criminal complaint, Amanda put poison in her husband’s morning coffee.
After the first incident in July, she told him it sounded like he was having stroke symptoms.
She also told him his face looked “droopy,” which he didn’t see when he looked in the mirror.
Gary was hospitalized after he fell into a four-day coma in early August. While in the hospital, his blood tested positive for multiple barbiturates – which he does not take.
After Gary woke up from the coma, he told investigators that he thought Amanda left him outside on the porch after he collapsed.
He also said he believed she used his mortar and pestle to grind up the drugs, which he could not find after he returned to his home.
His sons assisted him in filing a restraining order against his wife. She allegedly violated the court order in September when she texted him a suicide note.
In the message, she denies poisoning him and blames his children.
Her text reads: “The only thing I am guilty of is loving you SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.”
Amanda survived the suicide attempt after being hospitalized.
On September 2, Gary filed for divorce. The proceedings are still ongoing.
A Wisconsin circuit court judge set Amanda’s bail at $10,000 and barred her from leaving the state or interacting with her husband or his family.
Amanda denies the charges against her.
“Under the constitutions of this state and this nation, Ms. Chapin is innocent and has the right to due process under the law,” her lawyer said in a statement.