Husband Kills Wife Using Eye Drops

Joshua Lee Hunsucker is charged with killing his wife using eye drops

Joshua Lee Hunsucker, 35, from Gaston County, North Carolina, has a date in court on January 9. He is in jail, facing charges of murdering his wife. He allegedly killed her by using over-the-counter eye drops.

September 2018, Stacy Robinson Hunsucker was rushed to the hospital where she died. Her death was recorded as natural causes. Mr. Hunsucker refused to allow an autopsy on her body – however, a blood sample was taken and preserved.

Soon after the death of his wife, Mr. Hunsucked collected $250,000 from two life insurances his wife had. This caused his wife’s mother, Suzie Robinson, to become suspicious. She reported that he had been secretly dating before the death of his wife. This information resulted in an insurance fraud investigation.

Jordan Green, an attorney for fraud investigation in the North Carolina Department of Insurance, told the Gaston Gazette, “We have probable cause he poisoned Mrs. Hunsucker with Visine, which caused her death.” The investigators interviewed several of Mr. Hunsucker’s co-workers at Atrium Health’s MedCenter Air. Mr. Hunsucker was employed there as a lead paramedic. His fellow workers commented that they had been surprised with how unaffected he appeared after his wife passed away. 

After tests were performed on the blood sample it found massive elevated levels of Tetrahydrizoline. This is found in eye drops and nasal sprays, which can be purchased over-the-counter. This resulted in her therapeutic level being 30-40 higher than normal. Mr. Green said this would have had a major effect on her heart. It would caused the heart to stop beating in a short period of time.

Another suspicion came about when it was learned that a nurse in South Carolina had killed her husband with eye drops just two weeks before Mrs. Hunsucker’s death. 

Mr. Hunsucker was arrested and placed in Gaston County Jail. His bail was set at $1.5 million. David Teddy, his attorney, said the allegations against Mr. Hunsucker would be “strenuously opposed.”