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Man Jailed For Killing Wife with Kool-Aid, Medication Mixture

WINONA, Mo. – A man is facing first-degree murder charges after he mixed Kool-Aid and a large number of pills to “get rid” of his wife, according to a probable cause statement.
WINONA, Mo. – A man is facing first-degree murder charges after he mixed Kool-Aid and a large number of pills to “get rid” of his wife, according to a probable cause statement.

Jason McClurg, 35, of Winona was arrested after Winona police were called to a residence in the 200 block of S. Roberts and found McClurg’s wife, 32-year-old Stephanie Driskell/McClurg, deceased on Sunday.

During an interview with McClurg, he told officers he had taken their son to see family members and left his wife to do the dishes. When he returned home to obtain diapers, he said he found the woman dead.

According to a probable cause statement, McClurg also told officers he had recently noticed some of his prescription blood pressure medications were stolen. He said he did not report they were stolen and did not attempt to refill the prescription.

McClurg went on to say that around May 1, 2014, the search history on his cell phone would show that he looked up what dosage of the blood pressure medication would cause a person to overdose.

During additional interviews, a witness said, on Saturday, May 3, Jason McClurg said he had mixed a combination of Kool-Aid and a large number of pills to give to Stephanie McClurg to “get rid of her.”

McClurg later told the witness that it did not work, in reference to killing Stephanie.

The next day, on Sunday, May 4, the witness spoke with McClurg again and he said he had given Stephanie an additional quantity of medication and was going to check on her. McClurg called back a short time later and said Stephanie was dead.

In a post-Miranda interview on May 6, McClurg told officers he made the Kool-Aid drink in a water bottle while he was in Winona for the drive to Springfield to see family.

He gave Stephanie the drink and told her to pretend she liked it because their two-year-old had made it for her.

The probable cause statement says an additional subject interviewed by police said the person overheard a conversation McClurg had on May 3 while talking about making a Kool-Aid drink for Stephanie. The subject asked McClurg what was in the drink and he said a motion sickness medicine and something else.

The subject also had seen a text sent by McClurg saying that “it didn’t work.” The subject said the text was related to attempting to kill Stephanie, according to the statement.

The subject also talked with McClurg on May 4 and he told the subject that he had thrown a pill capsule by the couch to make the scene look by a suicide.

According to Missouri statute, a person who commits first-degree murder and knowingly causes the death of another person faces life in prison without eligibility for parole or probation, or the death penalty.

McClurg is being held without bond. A court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

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