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Woman tried to kill husband with poisoned tuna sandwich, deputies say

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A Polk County woman is facing first-degree attempted murder charges after authorities say she tried to kill her husband by feeding him a tuna sandwich laced with crushed antidepressant pills.

Beth Dickison Richards, 37, was booked into the Polk County Jail on Friday afternoon in connection to the attempted murder of her husband, Gregory Lawrence Richards.

Deputies were dispatched to the Richards' Lake Wales home Thursday night in response to a reported poisoning. Once there, Beth Richards' step-sister, Jessica Jarvis, told them that her Beth Richards had admitted to trying kill her husband by crushing Trazadone pills into a tuna fish sandwich for him to eat.

Gregory Richards said he had eaten some of the sandwich earlier and fell ill. He was treated for nausea and dizziness at Lake Wales Medical Center and released.

Deputies confronted Beth Richards, who admitted to attempting to poison her husband, they said. Deputies also charged her with drug possession after they found marijuana in her bedroom.

Beth Richards told detectives she is a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

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