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Police say woman overdosed on LSD in anniversary card

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two college friends are facing first-degree murder charges after one's wife fatally overdosed on drugs. 

First responders were sent to the Roane County home of Todd and Renee Honaker Friday night after receiving a call about a woman who had been poisoned. They found Renee Honaker lying unresponsive on the living room floor with a man performing CPR on her.

Todd Honaker, 34, was lying flat on his back on a bed when Roane Sgt. M.W. Williams approached.

"Is she dead? Tell me she's dead," Honaker asked the sergeant, according to a complaint filed in Roane Magistrate Court.

Honaker told officers his wife had only taken her "regular medicine and drank a little wine," but then became agitated and aggressive, standing up to his knees telling Williams "shoot me, just kill me!" according to the complaint.

Honaker was detained and put in the back of a police cruiser. Paramedics were unable to revive Renee Honaker and she was pronounced dead at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital in Charleston.

Deputies were driving Honaker to Roane General for a mental evaluation when he told them he had been poisoned and couldn't see. It was then he told officers about the card he'd received in the mail from a college friend, Chad Renzleman, 31, of Kennewick, Wash.

Honaker said Renzleman mailed him eight hits of acid in an anniversary card. He said he took two hits and gave Renee two hits. But Renee fell to the floor half an hour later and began convulsing. He ran to a neighbor's house for help.

He told police he threw the drugs and card away. Officers recovered the anniversary card and what was left of the acid along with a note from Renzleman offering Honaker the option to buy "100 hit sheets" for $300, the complaint said.

Honaker and Renzleman are charged with delivery of a controlled substance in addition to murder. Honaker is being held at Central Regional Jail. His case was bound over to the Roane Circuit Court, according to a magistrate clerk.

Renzleman, who was arrested Saturday in Washington, is being held at the Benton County Jail in Kennewick, Wash. He waived his extradition hearing, the clerk said.


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