An Arizona woman named Melody Felicano Johnson is accused of attempting to poison her Air Force husband, Roby Johnson, by adding bleach to his coffee. Roby began to notice the odd taste and tested the coffee, finding high levels of chlorine. He later set up cameras, capturing his wife’s actions and leading to her arrest on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault. The couple, who are going through a divorce and have a child together, had separate living areas in their home.
- Suspect’s Background and Charges: Melody Felicano Johnson, 39, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, and adding harmful substances to food or drink. She is being held on a $250,000 bond and reportedly has family connections in the Philippines.
- Discovery of Poisoning Attempt: Roby Johnson, stationed in Germany at the time, noticed his coffee tasted strange and conducted tests that revealed high chlorine levels. He waited until returning to the U.S. to report the incident to the authorities.
- Evidence Gathering and Arrest: Roby set up cameras in various locations to observe his wife’s actions. Although initial evidence was inconclusive, further video footage allegedly showing his wife pouring bleach into the coffee machine led to her arrest.
- Couple’s Relationship Status: The couple is going through a divorce and has a child together. Court documents indicate separate living arrangements within the home, and Roby believes the poisoning attempt was motivated by a desire to collect death benefits.
- Police Investigation: Tucson Police initially did not follow up on Roby’s complaint, as the video evidence was unclear. Further evidence, including the bleach smell from the coffee machine and additional video footage, reinforced the case, leading to Johnson’s detainment.