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Witnesses say Pettis was anxious about spouse’s life insurance coverage coverage, discovering reason behind her loss of life

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Witnesses testified Tuesday that David Pettis was anxious about getting his spouse’s life insurance coverage coverage permitted shortly earlier than she died and inquired a number of instances in regards to the trigger and method of her loss of life within the months after her loss of life.

The 60-year-old Cheney man is accused of killing his spouse, Peggy Pettis, 64, on June 25, 2018, by lacing her ice cream with hydrocodone. David Pettis is on trial on a cost of first-degree homicide.

Krystn Meier, a life insurance coverage agent for the Pettis couple, mentioned a $150,000 life insurance coverage coverage was permitted for Peggy Pettis three days earlier than she died. She mentioned David Pettis was the beneficiary of that cash .

She mentioned David Pettis didn’t apply for a coverage as a result of his charges could be too excessive because of well being points.

Meier mentioned it took unusually lengthy for Peggy Pettis’ coverage to be accepted. She utilized for the coverage March 23, 2018, and it didn’t develop into efficient till June 22 that very same yr. Meier mentioned David Pettis expressed frustration with the size of the method 10 days earlier than she died.

Carol Gahl, a doctor assistant at MultiCare Rockwood Clinic in Cheney, mentioned Peggy Pettis visited the clinic on June 5, 2018, for a bodily, which was wanted earlier than she obtained the life insurance coverage coverage.

“It was an fascinating go to,” mentioned Gahl, who added that David Pettis accompanied his spouse.

Gahl mentioned the Pettis couple wished the medical paperwork from the 30-minute go to to be completed that day so the life insurance coverage coverage might be accomplished. Gahl mentioned the clinic is usually unable to finish such a process the day of an appointment.

She mentioned Peggy Pettis was relaxed and smiling throughout the go to, whereas her husband was “considerably anxious” and pressured the necessity for the paperwork to be accomplished. She mentioned David Pettis was additionally involved about his spouse’s well being.

He mentioned Peggy Pettis had hip ache and reminiscence issues. Gahl mentioned Peggy Pettis informed her she didn’t have reminiscence points, and that Gahl didn’t catch any “purple flags” for dementia or Alzeimer’s Illness throughout her transient medical go to.

Three individuals who labored on the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Workplace testified Tuesday that they every obtained no less than one cellphone name from David Pettis inquiring about his spouse’s toxicology outcomes and her trigger and method of loss of life.

Taylor Diggles, a former workplace assistant on the health worker’s workplace, mentioned David Pettis contacted the workplace the day after his spouse died. After speaking about funeral preparations, Diggles mentioned David Pettis requested when her toxicology outcomes would arrive. She mentioned David Pettis “wasn’t glad” when she informed him toxicology outcomes had been delayed that yr and it might doubtless take longer than three months.

Diggles mentioned she additionally obtained a name from David Pettis in late August, inquiring in regards to the trigger and method of her loss of life. She mentioned he was as soon as once more sad after she informed him the physician wanted to evaluation paperwork and he was out of the workplace for a few weeks.

She mentioned David Pettis informed her he was involved with the governor’s workplace to get the post-mortem outcomes faster.

Brenda Walker, an administrative help specialist for the health worker’s workplace, mentioned David Pettis requested in September in regards to the trigger and method of loss of life, and she or he informed him the physician was conducting extra toxicology testing and that it might be a number of extra weeks till the outcomes got here again.

She mentioned he turned upset and began utilizing abusive language. She mentioned David Pettis additionally informed her he was going to contact the governor and a state consultant to acquire sooner outcomes.

Diggles mentioned it’s common for members of the family to have the questions that Pettis requested, and it’s additionally frequent for households to name the health worker’s workplace greater than as soon as.

She mentioned it might not be unusual for members of the family to be annoyed by the backlog on the crime laboratory.

James Uttke, deputy medical investigator on the health worker’s workplace, mentioned he additionally obtained a name from David Pettis the day after his spouse died, asking if there have been any vital findings within the post-mortem. Uttke mentioned David Pettis’ daughter additionally had issues about her mom’s loss of life. Uttke mentioned he suggested her to talk to police about these worries.

Mark Voigtlaender, a detective with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Workplace, addressed messages despatched between David Pettis and Robin Kaylor, a girl he knew from highschool and reconnected with on a visit to New York in November 2017.

In messages from March 2018, David Pettis allegedly informed Kaylor he loves and misses her. He additionally allegedly despatched a nude selfie to her and requested her to ship a photograph of her in an evening robe, Voigtlaender mentioned.

At one level, Kaylor reportedly informed David Pettis that he’s “all over” emotionally.

The Pettis’ daughter informed Peggy Pettis that David Pettis is in a “midlife disaster” that very same month.

James Beckley, who was raised by the Pettis couple from age 14 to 19, mentioned David Pettis was speaking – a pair days after Peggy Pettis’ loss of life – about promoting his farm and leaving his residence as a result of he couldn’t stand to be there anymore. Beckley, who referred to David and Peggy Pettis as mother and pa, mentioned David Pettis talked about transferring to New York, which is the place Kaylor lives.

Sharon Hedlund, deputy Spokane County prosecutor, mentioned she expects to interview seven witnesses Wednesday earlier than the state rests.

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