US woman kills friend with eye drops: In a bizarre case of murder, betrayal and fraud, a woman from Milwaukee, United States stands accused of allegedly killing her friend by poisoning her with eye drops. The woman was listed as a beneficiary in the deceased unnamed woman’s estate and also received 130,000 dollars fraudulently.
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According to ABC, Jessy Kurczewski was charged with homicide and two counts of felony theft on June 4. The 37-year-old had allegedly staged the death of her friend to look like a suicide. The case is from 2018, when the deceased woman, in her 60s, was found dead on a recliner in her apartment, with crushed pills on her chest. While investigators initially thought it to be a case of overdose, they later concluded that the scene had been staged to look that way.
Toxicology reports said that the woman had died from a fatal dose of tetrahydrozoline, which is commonly found in eye drops. Through the course of investigation Kurczewski changed her story, later alleging that she had helped the woman take her own life, by brining her a water bottle filled with six bottles of Visine- an eye drop, reports NBC.
She further claimed that her friend had an obsession with eyedrops and she didn’t think that the medicine would kill her friend as she had been drinking it for a long time.
Further investigation also revealed that the accused had committed a fraud worth 290,210 dollars, of which 130, 204 dollars were fraudulently transferred by check from the deceased woman’s account.
The court set the bail for Kurczewski at one million dollars during the hearing. State attorney Abbey Nickolie said that the accused had “evidenced her capacity to take advantage of at-risk individuals” and posed a risk to the public. The next hearing this case is scheduled for June 25.