Man poisoned by wife says he still loves her, but won't welcome her back home

Sheriff says she crushed drugs into his sandwich

LAKE WALES, Fla. - The man deputies say was poisoned by his own wife says he still loves her, but says she's never welcomed back to their Lake Wales home.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says on Thursday, Beth Richards secretly slid crushed up anti-depressants into a tuna fish sandwich that she made for her husband, Greg.

"I think she went over the edge maybe," he said outside of his home on Friday. "I don't know."

Authorities are calling it attempted murder.

"It shocks us that this is cold, calculated, and premeditated," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "He started eating his tuna fish sandwich and noticed it kind of had a aspirin after taste so he only ate about half of it.

"His wife texted him throughout the day and asked him, 'hey, have you ate your tuna fish sandwich?'" He said.

By the time Greg returned to work, Sheriff Judd said he became dizzy and nauseous. He eventually passed out while working up on a ladder.

Greg was rushed to the Lake Wales Medical Center where he received treatment for an overdose of the anti-depressant Trazodone.

He told ABC Action News he has fully recovered.

"Just to let you know, I still do love her," he said. "If she needs mental care or whatever I hope she gets it. But she's never welcomed back here again."

Deputies arrested Beth after they say she started to brag to her step sister about what she had done.

"When you get married, it's for better or worse and he sure got the worse end of that deal," Sheriff Judd said.

Investigators say Beth, a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, confessed to trying to poison her husband, but wouldn't say why.

The sheriff's office learned that Greg does have a life insurance policy worth 250-thousand dollars, or more if he's injured on the job. But the motive is still unclear.

The Richards have been married for 13 years and have a 13-year-old child. Greg says the marriage is over.

"There will never be a family again," he said.

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