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Estranged Husband Calls Police to Say His Wife Was Unconscious and Not Breathing. Now, Police Claim He Murdered Her.

estranged husband calls  for wife now police claim he murdered her
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Aug. 2 2023, Published 12:05 p.m. ET

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A California man called 911 and said his wife was unconscious and not breathing, but now investigators claim he murdered her, according to authorities.

On Jan. 12, 2023, police received that call from 48-year-old Glennis Smith, according to the Elk Grove Police Department.

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Officials said the couple had been married for five years, but had been living apart for several months prior to the incident.

After the 911 call came through, fire personnel and officers responded to the residence where Smith had been predominantly living. Once there, they found his wife, 49-year-old Jennifer Smith-Floyd, and rendered medical aid, but she was pronounced deceased.

Fentanyl was discovered in Smith-Floyd’s system, according to investigators. They claim Smith put the fentanyl in her food on two occasions without her knowledge.

The first poisoning allegedly took place on Jan. 11, and the last instance, which proved fatal, occurred on the morning of January 12, authorities said.

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During the investigation, “officers learned that the victim had been transported to a local hospital the day before for what was described as an allergic reaction to some food that she consumed,” Sgt. Jason Jimenez with the Elk Grove Police Department said, according to KXTV.

Months later, Smith allegedly set fire to the couple’s travel trailer, which was kept in storage at the time, in order to claim it on insurance, police said.

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On July 27, Smith was arrested and charged with murder, arson and insurance fraud, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Investigations Bureau at (916) 478-8060.

According to CBS News, Smith previously went to prison for spousal rape committed against a previous wife.


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