What the trained paramedic did not say was that he murdered his wife, the mother of his now 5-year-old and 6-year old daughters and that he murdered her with eye drops, prosecutors stated.
Hunsucker was taken to custody on Thursday evening — over a year after his wife’s death — for his suspected part in her death.
An interrogation of the 35-year-old paramedic led investigators to think that he is accountable for poisoning and murdering his wife with a chemical decongestant, North Carolina Insurance Department attorney Jordan Green stated.
Green told a judge on Friday that “Our toxicologists and our cardiologists inform us that medicine has a tense effect on your heart and would make heart stoppage or heart failure in a fairly small amount of time, which is compatible with what happened here.”
The 35-year-old paramedic was charged with first-degree murder on Friday.
It was the speed at which he passed on after her death that made Stacy’s mom, Suzie Robinson, suspicious about him. Robinson made an accusation of insurance fraud against Hunsucker with the North Carolina Department of Insurance, sources reported. Hunsucker got $250,000 in life insurance payments from two plans after his wife’s death, according to sources.
Prosecutors state Hunsucker displayed no signs of discomfort after Stacy’s death and started a new relationship less than six months later, according to the sources. Robinson thought her son-in-law was having a secret relationship before Stacy died, sources reported.
Stacy had baffling heart health for years before her death, according to a GoFundMe page created in January 2015 that established nearly $10,500 for medical bills emerging from hospital stays due to her low heart rate.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, when the chemical decongestant is ingested orally, it can cause drowsiness, a slow heartbeat, or even coma.
Hunsucker refused a post-mortem for his wife, who was an organ donor because he did not want her “to be cut up,” according to sources. He had her dead body cremated quickly after her death.
The cremation was not a roadblock for detectives searching for answers. When they apprehended Stacy was an organ donor for a private company, they accumulated a preserved blood sample and sent it to labs for examination, Green told the judge on Friday.
The results of those examinations showed very high levels of the chemical decongestant, Green stated.
“We have likely cause that [Hunsucker] is the one who murdered Mrs. Hunsucker with Visine or a similar product and made her death,” he said. “Quite a bit of the detail we got from him during his questioning.”
According to Gaston County sheriff’s records, the 35-year-old paramedic is being held on $1.5 million bonds.
If he is found convicted, he will sentence to life in prison or faces the death penalty.