Police in Colorado said a dentist was detained on Sunday following accusations of poisoning and killing his wife.
According to a press statement from the Aurora Police Department, James Toliver Craig, 45, had taken his wife, 43, to the hospital on Wednesday because she had been complaining of terrible headaches and vertigo.
His wife’s condition quickly deteriorated after she got to the hospital, and she was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. She eventually received a diagnosis of brain death.
Due to their suspicion that her medical condition was questionable, doctors removed her from life support and called the police early Sunday morning.
After conducting an investigation into the woman’s death, the Major Crimes Homicide Unit of the Aurora Police Department found that she had been poisoned.
Division Chief Mark Hildebrand said in a statement that “our team of officers and homicide detectives relentlessly tried to find the truth behind the victim’s unexpected sickness and death” when the suspicious facts of the case first surfaced. “It was rapidly determined that this was, in fact, a horrifying, intricate, and planned murder. I am extremely proud of the diligent work our Major Crimes Murder Unit put forth to crack this case and seek justice for the victim.”
Shortly after doctors removed the woman’s life support, police received a warrant for Craig’s arrest.
On Sunday morning, Craig was taken into custody on first-degree murder charges related to the passing of his wife. He was checked in at the local jail.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing.