Woman Steals Morphine from Nursing Home then Uses it to Poison Her Husband

Alan Duvall died in August 2007 after having dinner with his wife at their home, but his family immediately had questions about his wife's involvement in his death. Tami Duvall, 51, now has been charged with murder, insurance fraud and obstruction of justice. The prosecutor claims she wanted to get to her husbands $100,000 life insurance policy.

Authorities say in court documents that Duvall may have stolen morphine while working at a local nursing home and taken prescription muscle relaxants from one of her husband's relatives. These drugs were believe to be used to poison her 61-year-old husband's dinner.

She reported finding him dead the next morning in a chair on the back porch of their home. Investigators initially called Alan Duvall's death accidental alcohol poisoning based on his blood-alcohol level  and his wife's claim that he drank himself to death. But his blood also contained more than 82 times the maximum recommended level of morphine, according to court records.

The man's life insurance policy was filled out by hand and signed just a month before his death. The man's family became more skeptical of his death when they learned that his wife was anxious to have his body cremated quickly. Court documents say that as the death investigation continued, the man's wife asked several times when the case would be closed because it was delaying her efforts to collect the insurance money.  She also changed her story to say that her husband drank alcohol and morphine to purposefully kill himself. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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