Wife Accused of Spiking Husband's Mountain Dew with Weed Killer Told Cops, 'She Should Have Just Divorced Him'

Michelle Peters told police she was mad at her husband because he didn't appreciate the 50th birthday party she threw for him, court documents allege

<p>Laclede County Sheriffs Office</p> Michelle Peters

Laclede County Sheriffs Office

Michelle Peters

A Missouri woman is facing criminal charges after allegedly spiking her husband’s Mountain Dew with Roundup weed killer, telling police she was “mad” because he was “not appreciative” of the 50th birthday party she threw him, according to court documents.

Michelle Peters, 47, of Lebanon, is charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action after allegedly “secretly” putting the chemical Roundup in her husband’s Mountain Dew on several occasions in May and June, the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The husband, who was not identified in the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office Probable Cause Statement of Facts obtained by PEOPLE, met with a detective on Sunday, June 24, saying he believed he was being poisoned by his wife.

Starting on May 1, he said that the two-liter bottles of Mountain Dew he keeps in a refrigerator in the garage “had an odd taste” and that he got sick afterward, according to the probable cause affidavit.

At first, the husband said he ignored the strange taste of the soda and continued to drink it. But after a couple weeks, he started feeling sick, he told police. He said he had a sore throat, coughed up mucus and was vomiting.

On June 12, he said he reviewed video footage of the garage, which allegedly showed Peters taking a two-liter bottle of Diet Mountain Dew out of the refrigerator, grabbing the Roundup and then placing the soda back in the refrigerator, the affidavit states.

The husband said he then became "afraid for his life,” the document says. When he told his wife he felt sick, she told him he probably had Covid and to stay away from the grandkids, per the affidavit.

On June 23, he claims he saw Peters on a surveillance camera in the downstairs area and saw Peters with a bottle of Mountain Dew near a bottle of insecticide on a shelf and notified the sheriff’s office, the affidavit says.

Questioned by police, Peters allegedly said she mixed the soda and Roundup in a cup to use as weed killer — something she claims she saw on Pinterest, the affidavit says. The detective then told her he had watched several videos of her in the garage and that there was no cup.

The detective also said authorities had multiple bottles of Mountain Dew containing Roundup that were removed from the refrigerator, the affidavit says.

“Michelle said that she should have just divorced him” referring to her husband, the affidavit alleges. When the detective asked her to explain, she said her husband is “selfish and they have relationship issues,” per the affidavit.

Peters allegedly denied previously putting Roundup in the soda, the affidavit alleges, but admitted to putting insecticide from the basement in a two-liter Mountain Dew bottle and putting it in the refrigerator on the night of June 23.

“Michelle said she was mad at (her husband) because she had thrown him a 50th birthday party and he was not appreciative,” the affidavit says.

She said she believed the chemical in the basement was Roundup when she put it in the Mountain Dew bottle and did so to be “mean” to her husband, the affidavit alleges.

Peters is being held at the Laclede County Detention Center without bond.

It is unclear whether she has retained an attorney.

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