Melody Felicano Johnson, 39, is being held in Tuscon, Arizona with bail set at $250,000 after being charged last month with attempted murder. She is accused of attempting to poison her husband, Roby Johnson, a USAF airman, while they were going through a divorce.
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According to the State of Arizona's probable cause description, the murder attempt managed to span two continents, beginning while the airman was posted in Germany in March 2023 with attempts at poisoning his coffee. According to the State of Arizona's the taste having made him suspicious, Roby acquired chemical testing strips (typically used to check swimming pool chlorine levels) and checked his coffee pot and the tap water – noticing that the tap water was normal but the coffee pot showed high levels of chlorine.
In May 2023 he set up a hidden camera. He knew, he said in his statement, that Melody would prep his coffee pot at night so that in the morning he just needed to turn it on to make his coffee. After he set up the cameras, he stopped drinking the coffee but pretended to continue to do so.
Roby played this out until he was posted back to Davis Monthan Air Force Base in the USA, again setting up a camera in the temporary accommodation they were placed in. He took a video to the police and filed a report, but the police didn't feel you could see enough to follow the matter up.
Undeterred in his quest for justice, Roby acquired additional cameras which looked like the fire alarms attached to the ceiling, perhaps like this SecureGuard 1080P from Amazon). With these he was able to record Melody go to the laundry room, pouring bleach into a container, walk to the coffee maker, and pour it in, he told the police who, on seeing the footage, immediately arrested Melody.
Melody has yet to enter a plea, and her attorney has issued no statement, but this very sorry tale does at least show how effective the evidence from hidden cameras can be. Perhaps, too, resorting to chemicals and cameras is not the ideal method of communication in a marriage when there is a child – it is, however, too late for that.