Police in Tucson, Arizona, said one Air Force soldier’s nightly routine was to prepare coffee for the next morning, and his wife used it to pour bleach into the machine.
Police have charged Melody Felicano Johnson, 39, with attempted first-degree domestic violence murder, attempted aggravated assault with domestic violence, and poisoning of food and drink. Records show she remains in Pima County Jail without bail.
The couple, who have children and live together, were on the verge of divorce. The policeman wrote in the complaint.
My husband was transferred to Germany in March 2023. Around that time, I started to realize that coffee was bad for me.
“He continued to drink coffee for the next two to three weeks, but the coffee still tasted so bad that he ended up buying pool chemical test strips,” the agency wrote.
A test of the water from the faucet showed no abnormalities, but a high concentration of chlorine was detected in the water in the coffee pot, police said.
The husband said he believed someone was tampering with the coffee and installed cameras in his home.
His wife was caught pouring something into the coffee pot.
“He said he knew she would prepare the coffee pot at night so that in the morning all he had to do was turn it on to make the coffee,” the documents show. “At that time he stopped drinking coffee, but he did not want to report this during his stay in Germany, so he continued to pretend to drink coffee.”
The couple returned to the United States on June 28 and arrived at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson on July 1, where they stayed in temporary housing.
The husband allegedly installed another hidden camera on July 5 that showed the defendant pouring something into the coffee maker’s water tank.
The next day, he went to the Tucson Police Department and reported that she was trying to poison her coffee maker with bleach.
“He showed the video to the front desk officer, but he could not clearly see what she was pouring into the coffee maker, which led to a report being made without any follow-up,” officials wrote. there is
Then my husband bought more hidden cameras like fire alarms. Police said they were attached to the ceiling.
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When the couple moved into permanent housing, the husband installed bleach in the laundry room and the couple stored the bleach together. The other is right above the coffee maker. A third photo shows the path between the laundry room and the coffee machine, police said.
Video from these vantage points allegedly showed Johnson taking bleach, pouring it into a container, and walking over to pour it into the coffee maker.
My husband said the coffee maker was his and he was the only one who drank it. He suggested she was going to kill him for her life insurance money.
Police arrested the Johnsons at their home. Investigators did not question her because she exercised her right to speak to her attorney, according to her documents.
Officers executed a search warrant, the officers wrote. They claimed to have found a liquid in the coffee maker that smelled like bleach.
Police advised the court to treat her as a high debt risk because she has family in the Philippines and recently purchased a home in the Philippines.