A South Carolina woman was Thursday sentenced to 25 years in jail after she admitted poisoning her husband by putting eye drops in his drinking water.
In a plea deal, Lana Sue Clayton, 53, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Steven Clayton, 64, at their home in Clover, near Charlotte, CBS-affiliate WBTV reported.
She was accused of poisoning her husband by lacing his drinking water with eye drops between July 19 and 21, 2018.
Her husband was initially thought to have died of natural causes but an autopsy toxicology report showed poisonous levels of tetrahydrozoline, which is found in eye drops.
“The coroner found a level of tetrahydrozoline in his system and that’s when we opened the case because that was very unusual for us,” York County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Trent Faris said, according to WBTV.
Prosecutors said in 2016 she also shot her husband in back of the head with a crossbow, ABC-affiliate WSOC-TV reported.
At the time the incident was put down as an accident.
Speaking at her sentencing, she admitted poisoning her husband but claimed he had abused her.
“I did impulsively put the Visine in Stephen’s drink and I did it with the intent to make him sick and uncomfortable. I was upset about the abuse and just wanted him to leave me alone,” Clayton, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, told the court, WBTV video showed.
“I never thought it would kill him.”
Clayton, a former Veterans Affairs Department nurse, said she got the idea of using eye drops, which are tasteless, colorless and odorless, from watching movies but thought they would cause diarrhea.
Prosecutors however said she killed her husband for money, throwing his cell phone in a lake so he could not call for help and and burning his will afterwards.
“She fooled one of the most brilliant men I’ve ever known in my life,” Steven Clayton’s sister Rosemarie Clayton-Leslie told ABC’s Good Morning America.
“My brother died a horrific death. I think my brother was screaming for his life.”
Clayton was arrested in August 2018 and charged with murder.
“Of the many homicide cases I’ve handled, this one probably takes the cake as far as being bizarre,” South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Paul Burch said.
While it is unusual, it is not the first time eye drops have featured in a homicide case.
In December 2019 a North Carolina man was charged with murdering his wife using eye drops, WSOC said.
VIDEO: SARS Operatives Kill Footballer In Sagamu
In a viral video shared on the Internet, some SARS officials have allegedly killed a football player in Sagamu area of Ogun State.
The community is presently on fire as a young footballer, identified as Tiamiyu Kazeem alias Kaka, was allegedly chased to his death by some SARS operatives.
It was gathered that Kaka was on his way to Sagamu from Abeokuta after his training when he ran into SARS operatives who labeled him a yahoo boy and started chasing him.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the officers shot at his car tyre which made it somersault. On seeing what had happened, the officials ran away, leaving Kaka to his fate.
The footballer was later rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Residents have taken to the streets to protest the murder of the youngster who once played for the Remo Football club.
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Happening Now: Chaos as #SARS officials kill footballer in #Sagamu . . #Sagamu is presently on fire in #OgunState, as a young footballer, identified as Tiamiyu Kazeem alias #Kaka, was allegedly chased to his death by some SARS operatives. . . It was gathered that Kaka was on his way to Sagamu from #Abeokuta after his training, when he ran into SARS operatives who labeled him a yahoo boy and started chasing him. . . Eyewitnesses claimed that the officers shot at his car tyre which made it somersault. On seeing what had happened, the officials ran away, leaving Kaka to his fate. . . The footballer was later rushed to Fakoya Hospital, Sagamu, where he was pronounced dead. Residents have now taken to the streets to protest the murder of the youngster who once played for the #Remo Football club.
FSARS Officer Slumps And Dies In His Office
A senior officer with the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS identified as Christopher Akpan has reportedly slumped and died while inside his office.
The Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Christopher Akpan, died on Friday after he returned from an operation and went to the bathroom to freshen up, PM Express reports.
He was said to have slumped and was down unconscious before some other officers discovered what happened and rushed him to an undisclosed hospital where doctors merely certified him dead and the corpse was deposited at the mortuary for autopsy report.
What would have led to his death was yet unknown because the autopsy report has not been made public but his colleagues said there was no report that he was sick the previous day.
The late Akpan was former Station Officer of FSARS before he was elevated to a higher position before his eventual death.
He hailed from Akwa Ibom State and was married with children who reside at Okota Barracks in Lagos.
Since the incident happened, some of his colleagues had expressed shock over the incident describing the late Akpan as a disciplined officer, who worked diligently and professionally with his other colleagues.
Mother, Daughter, Vulcaniser Burnt As Tanker Explodes In Ogun
A woman, her daughter and a vulcaniser on Saturday suffered varying degrees of burns after a petrol-laden tanker fell and exploded at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun, in Abeokuta on Friday evening.
According to an eyewitness, the victims were immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
No fewer than five houses and several shops were burnt in the incident.
An eye witness, who simply identified herself as Mrs Olufote, told newsmen that the incident happened when a fuel tanker suffered a flat tyre.
She said the driver had parked beside the road to fix the flat tyre unaware that he was parking in a sloppy area.
The eyewitness added that as he was alighting the vehicle to negotiate with a vulcaniser beside the road, the tanker tilted and the container fell.
”The tanker had a flat tyre and in the process of trying to fix it, the tanker exploded and even the vulcaniser who was to work on the tyre was affected.
“The vulcaniser was fixing a motorcycle tyre when the tanker exploded.
“There were many houses that were affected, with some burnt to ashes. In fact, a mosque was also affected,” she said.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to NAN on Saturday.
Akinbiyi said the fire was later put out after some houses had been burnt.
The TRACE spokesman stated that the tanker driver erroneously parked in a sloppy area while trying to fix his tanker’s tyre.
According to him, the container removed from the hook, fell and exploded.
He said the fire was put out on Saturday night