Peggy Pettis, 64, was married for 33 years to David Pettis. Peggy was a school bus driver for 20 years. She looked forward to retiring with her husband in Cheney, Washington. Which is not the case for the latter since he wanted to start a new life in New York with a certain Robin, a childhood friend and high school sweetheart with whom he reconnected in 2017. Peggy is described by his relatives as a loving woman. She loved gardening although she was limping and in pain after a wild boar seriously injured her leg in 2016. Since that accident, Peggy has been taking hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller.

David Pettis, 60, used to prepare Peggy’s medicine. It was on June 25, 2018 that he decided to take action. “On June 25, 2018, he called 911 to say his wife had turned blue and was not breathing,” the Mirror states. Peggy was pronounced dead around 11:10 p.m. that night. An autopsy was done and revealed that Peggy had a lethal level of hydrocodone in her system. During David Pettis’ trial which began in the month of December 2021, it was revealed that the ice cream he had prepared and given to his wife contained around 10 times more hydrocodone than was needed.

Her husband killed her for life insurance money and to start a new life

David admitted to preparing Peggy’s medicine the night she died to help her swallow it. “He had crushed powdered hydrocodone and mixed it into ice cream – which he then put in alcohol, like a floating ice cream,” reports the Mirror. David Pettis had planned the murder of his wife according to the judge. He took care to take out three life insurance policies for her. He also spread the rumor that Peggy suffered from dementia.

“You killed her because you wanted a new life without Peggy Pettis,” the judge said. “Mr. Pettis, you were greedy. And you killed Peggy for that very reason. Because you wanted everything. It took planning. It took thinking. It took ingenuity.” . David Pettis is serving 25 years in prison for first degree murder.

Peggy Pettis © The Mirror

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