Wis. woman accused of trying to fatally poison vet husband with animal euthanasia medicine

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Wis. (TCD) — A 50-year-old woman is accused of trying to kill her veterinarian husband with animal euthanasia medicine, which caused him to go into a coma.

Court records show Amanda Chapin has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly poisoning her husband, Gary Chapin.

According to the criminal complaint cited by the Wisconsin State Journal, Amanda allegedly poisoned Gary three times between July and August 2022.

Amanda and Gary, 70, reportedly wed in March and had what was described as a “stormy” marriage. Amanda is accused of forging Gary’s son’s signature on a document to obtain power of attorney as well as forcing Gary to change his house deed to leave it to her instead.

The criminal complaint alleges Amanda mixed the drugs in Gary’s coffee. The first time it happened, he reportedly felt like he was “underwater,” but Amanda allegedly tried to tell him his symptoms were similar to a stroke and that he had a drooping face.

A few weeks later, the same thing occurred after having his coffee.

The third time, on Aug. 21, he was reportedly hospitalized and left in a coma for four days. Doctors at the hospital reportedly found traces of barbiturates in his system, which included drugs he used to euthanize animals as well as anti-seizure medicine for dogs.

Gary’s son filed a restraining order for his father, and Gary also filed for divorce in September.

On Sept. 1, Amanda reportedly sent Gary an email, which violated their restraining order, and said she wanted to die because she believed his children would “destroy” her.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports she said in her note, “The only thing I am guilty of is loving you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.”

Amanda was hospitalized after a suicide attempt and then taken into custody. A judge set her bond at $10,000 and ordered her not to have contact with Gary or his family.


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