Probable cause affidavit outlines portion of investigation into man accused of poisoning wife

Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 9:29 PM EDT
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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A probable cause affidavit signed by a special agent from the North Carolina Department of Insurance outlines a portion of the investigation into the death of a Gaston County woman.

Police believe Stacy Hunsucker was poisoned by her husband, Joshua Hunsucker, in September of 2018.

Joshua Hunsucker, a former paramedic with Atrium Health, is believed to have given his wife doses of tetrahydrozoline, a product commonly found in eye drops and which can cause heart stoppages. Officials say Hunsucker was terminated by Atrium, effective Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.

Joshua Hunsucker has been charged with first-degree murder in his wife’s death. He was jailed under a $1.5 million bond, but was able to post bond.

This week WBTV obtained a copy of a probable cause affidavit that details a portion of the investigation into Stacy Hunsucker’s death and Joshua Hunsucker’s actions. The affidavit is signed by a special agent from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

The affidavit states that Joshua Hunsucker told at least four different versions as to what he was doing before he found his wife black and blue back in September of 2018.

The document notes that that a blood sample from Stacy Hunsucker that was sent to a lab for testing showed high level of Tetrahydrozoline. It explains that the decongestant is found in eye drops and nasal spray and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, seizing and cardiac arrest if its ingested orally.

The affidavit also states that Joshua Hunsucker refused to allow an autopsy to be performed on his wife, saying he didn’t want his wife ‘cut up’ even though she’s an organ donor. A

dditionally, the document explains that Joshua Hunsucker was a flight paramedic for Medcenter Air where his training and experience would provide an understanding of various types of medication and how that medication could react with the body.

The documents also note that Stacy Hunsucker’s mother, Suzie Robinson, sent a referral to the North Carolina Department of Insurance after becoming aware of a relationship Joshua Hunsucker had with a girlfriend prior to Stacy’s death.

The affidavit also states Joshua Hunsucker applied for his wife’s life insurance benefits worth $250,000 two days after Stacy Hunsucker died.

During a March court hearing it was determined that Joshua Hunsucker will not face the death penalty.

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