Man convicted of murder: wife killed with ice cream


Washington (USA) – He served his wife a deadly dessert …

David Pettis, 60, killed his Peggy, 64, with a serving of ice cream.

A jury in Spokane County (Washington state) has now sentenced the 60-year-old to murder, as reported by the AP news agency.

The jury was convinced that Pettis had put ground hydrocodone tablets (highly potent pain reliever) in his wife’s sundae. Peggy Pettis went to sleep, did not wake up. It should look like a suicide.

The amount of active ingredient found by coroners in the body of the dead is said to have been ten times the maximum permitted daily dose.



A jury found David Pettis (60) guilty of murdering his wife. He denies the crimePhoto: private

The motive of the husband: David Pettis had hooked up with his former high school girlfriend, supposedly wanted to be free for her. He would have had money too. Three life insurance policies were issued in the name of his wife – with him as beneficiary in the event of death.

Two days after her death, according to the prosecutor, the 60-year-old wanted to have one of the insurance companies paid out in the amount of 150,000 US dollars (around 133,000 euros). Investigators also discovered his affair with the former classmate.


The husband is said to have put a lethal dose of the pain reliever hydrocodone in the sundae for his wife to free himself for his former high school love

The husband is said to have put a lethal dose of the pain reliever hydrocodone in the sundae for his wife to free himself for his former high school love Photo: picture alliance / Sue Ogrocki / AP / dpa

The accused denied everything. “This woman was my life. Period, ”he said during his interrogation. He and Peggy were a couple for 35 years.

After the guilty verdict, his daughter Elisabeth ran up to him, wanted to hug him. “I know that my father didn’t kill her,” said the daughter after the trial. His son David junior is different: He assumes that his father had something to do with his mother’s death …

Lucky for David Pettis: The death penalty was abolished in the state in 2018 …

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