GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man facing charges related to the murder of his wife after she died from poisoning over a year ago, has bonded out of jail on Christmas Eve, according to jail records.
Joshua Hunsucker, 35, was charged with first-degree murder after an investigation led police to believe that he was responsible for the death of his wife, Stacy Hunsucker.
According to The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office website, Hunsucker was released from jail on Dec. 24 at 5:29 p.m. He was being held on $1.5 million bond.
Hunsucker, a former paramedic with Atrium Health, is believed to have given his wife doses of tetrahydrozoline, a product commonly found in eye drops and which can cause heart stoppages. Officials say Hunsucker is no longer employed by Atrium, effective Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.
Stacy Hunsucker passed away in September 2018 and at the time the cause of death was listed as death by natural causes.
Prosecutors stated that they believed Hunsucker committed the murder in order to collect over $200,000 in life insurance money from his wife’s death.
A number of vials of blood were held by a private company that handles tissue and organ donation at the time of Hunsucker’s death. These were taken from her prior to her cremation.
Agent Lisa Morgan with the Department of Insurance and the medical examiner pulled that blood, tested it and found that it tested for “very high levels” of that tetrahydrozoline
The Department of Insurance subsequently found ‘other people’ to be at fault for the victim’s death and rule out suicide as a cause.
On Tuesday, WBTV received information that a judge issued a temporary restraining order forbidding Hunsucker from using any more of the life insurance money, any assets purchased with the money or interest on the couple’s home.
The restraining order allows Stacy’s estate to recover assets if the court determines the life insurance money was wrongfully retained by her husband.
Hunsucker’s next hearing is scheduled for January 9.