Crime & Safety
Husband accused of killing his wife with dementia after he gave her lethal dose of cocaine until she died, released from prison
To take care of people who have dementia is very difficult task for everyone regardless of the fact if you are looking over your parents or your life partner. In the recent years, the number of dementia patients has been on the rise in United States.
An estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021. Seventy-two percent are age 75 or older. One in nine people age 65 and older (11.3%) has Alzheimer’s dementia. Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
Dementia patient was also Fox J., a 60-yaer-old woman who died in 2019 after her husband gave her a lethal dose of cocaine leading to her death.
The incident happened in their Georgia home in November 2019 when Fox’s husband, identified by the police as the 66-year-old Edward J., called 911 in the evening hours asking for help after he was not able to wake up his wife.
When first responders arrived at the scene, they found Fox dead in a downstairs bedroom. Edward “told deputies that he and his wife had been drinking and that he thought she was asleep,” authorities said in a statement released in July.
But Edwards lied since the autopsy results showed that Fox had many times the lethal dose of cocaine in her system on the night she died. That was more than enough for the investigators to look further and found out that Edward purchased cocaine the fatal night.
“Edward’s story continued to change every time he was presented with evidence that conflicted with his prior statements,” the sheriff’s department stated, regarding his story when he was interviewed in July.
Edward was arrested and charged with murder and he was held in jail without bond. However, the judge appointed to the case later changed his mind and set $200,000 bond and included house arrest late September. As an additional precaution, Edward had to surrender his passport and he was denied contact with any of his deceased wife’s family.
Joyce Fox Judie had dementia when she died, local outlet WMAZ reported. Prosecutors claimed that her husband placed calls from the county jail in an effort to conceal $500,000 from his wife’s life insurance payout, The Macon Telegraph reported in July.
“Joyce served 20 years in the military, then earned two master’s degrees and became a teacher,” according to an organization devoted to remembring disabled individuals murdered by their families.