Texas woman charged with murder after husband dies of ‘suspicious illness’, police say
A Texas woman whose husband died of a “suspicious illness” last month was indicted by a grand jury on Friday for murder, the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office announced.
Sarah Jean Hartsfield, 48, was arrested on Friday and is being held on $5 million bond.
Her late husband, Joseph Hartsfield, was rushed to the emergency room at Baytown Houston Methodist Hospital on the evening of January 7.
Hospital staff called 911 because they thought her illness was suspicious. Detectives arrived at the hospital and found “additional inconsistencies” in Hartsfield’s illness story. He later died of what Sheriff Brian Hawthorne considers a foul play.
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“I appreciate the hard work of the deputies and detectives who followed their instincts and identified the suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr. Hartfield’s death that could have been characterized as ‘death due to illness’ instead of murder,” said Hawthorne in a statement Sunday.
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Although Joseph Hartsfield’s manner of death has been ruled a homicide, his cause of death has yet to be released.