A transport boss murdered his wife by spiking her ice cream with drugs so he could be with his childhood sweetheart, it is claimed.
David Pettis was arrested Wednesday over claims he spiked the frozen treat with hydrocone pills, and mixed it with booze just before his spouse Peggy died in June.
According to the Spokesman-Review, cops probing the 64 year-old school bus driver’s death also discovered that Pettis, of Cheney, Wa., had connected with his high school girlfriend after attending a funeral in New York last November.
They are said to have begun texting one another, with a Facebook snap posted of them in March this year with the caption ‘Feeling in love.’
That is said to have prompted concerns among family members that Pettis was having an affair, with the alleged killer making plans to visit the woman just four days after Peggy’s death.
During that trip to New York, the woman, who has not been named, is said to have become ‘suspicous of Pettis,’ and begun to question him about Peggy’s death.
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Her grilling of Pettis is said to have caused tension, with the widower becoming upset and leaving after telling his ex ‘The next thing out of your mouth will be that I killed my wife.’
Peggy had been approved for a life insurance police three days before she died, with her husband listed as sole beneficiary.
After she died, Pettis called the medical examiner 10 times to nag him to hurry up with her toxicology report so he could claim the cash, supposedly to bury his wife.
He claimed he mixed her pills with ice cream and alcohol because she had trouble swallowing them, KHQ reported.
The suspect, who has made 14 insurance claims since 1996, four of which were arson, is also said to have told relatives that Peggy was suffering from dementia.
No signs of the illness were found when she was undergoing the medical for the life insurance policy she was successfully granted.
Pettis was ordered held in lieu of $1million bond during a court appearance Thursday.