Arizona Woman Accused of Trying to Murder US Air Force Husband By Poisoning His Morning Coffee for Months

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Source: UNSPLASH; Pima County Sheriff’s Office

Aug. 7 2023, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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An Arizona woman has pleaded not guilty after she was accused of trying to kill her husband by poisoning his coffee, authorities said.

A grand jury in Tucson recently indicted Melody Felicano Johnson on charges of attempting to commit first-degree murder, attempting to commit aggravated assault, and adding poison to food or drink, KVOA reported.

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According to court documents obtained by the station, Johnson allegedly began to daily poison the coffee of her husband, Roby Johnson, beginning in March, when they were still living in Germany, where he was stationed with the US Air Force.

The documents state the husband began to notice his coffee had a foul taste, so he tested it with pool strips and found it contained high levels of chlorine. He then set up hidden cameras and, according to the legal documents, allegedly observed his wife pour something into the coffeemaker, CNN reported.


    The estranged couple, who were going through a divorce but continued living together with their child, returned to Arizona in June.

    Roby pretended to continue to consume the coffee but again set up cameras, which, court documents state, allegedly captured footage of his wife “Melody take bleach, pour it into a container and then walk over and pour it into the coffee maker.”

    According to investigators, Roby took the alleged footage to police, and he believes Melody “was trying to kill him to collect death benefits.”

    A judge set Melody’s bond at $250,000.

    CNN reported prosecutors have requested a higher amount because the suspect could be a flight risk since she recently bought a home near family in the Philippines.


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