An Arizona woman charged with attempted murder is accused of using bleach to poison her estranged husband’s coffee over several months, according to court documents.
Melody Johnson was arrested on July 18 after her US Air Force husband gave police video footage allegedly showing her pouring the toxic substance into his coffee machine.
The husband, who is not named in court documents, said he started noticing his coffee tasted bad while stationed in Germany in March, court documents said.
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Johnson and her husband are going through a divorce but continued to live together with their child.
The husband said he continued to drink the coffee for two to three weeks before using chemical testing strips to test the tap water, which came back normal, according to the documents.
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When he tested the water in his coffee pot, it showed “high levels of chlorine,” the documents said.
He set up a camera which allegedly showed Johnson “pouring something into his coffee pot” but pretended to continue to drink the coffee until the family came back to the US on June 28 because he didn’t want to file a report in Germany.
While temporarily stationed at a hotel on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Johnson’s husband set up another camera which again showed Johnson “walk to his coffee maker and pour something into his water reservoir” on July 5, the documents allege.
He filed a police report the next day but officers told him it wasn’t clear what Johnson was pouring into his coffee pot.
When the family moved to permanent housing on July 7, the husband set up more cameras that looked like fire alarms to the ceiling.
Melody Johnson has been charged with attempted murder after she was allegedly caught putting bleach in her husband’s coffee. Credit: CNN
One was placed in the laundry, where bleach was kept, another right over the coffee machine, and a third was placed between the two areas.
After he collected multiple videos allegedly showing Johnson “take bleach, pour it into a container and then walk over and pour it into the coffee maker,” her husband went back to police.
He told officers he believed his estranged wife was trying to kill him to collect death benefits, police said.
Johnson was charged with attempted first-degree homicide, attempted aggravated assault and adding poison to food or drink.
A search with a warrant recovered a container with liquid that smelled like bleach under the bathroom sink in Johnson’s bedroom while liquid inside the coffee maker also smelled like bleach, according to the court documents.
It is not known if Johnson has a lawyer.