An Idaho woman – who is currently behind bars for embezzlement - has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly giving her husband a fatal dose of Benadryl and dumping his body over the side of their boat before claiming he fell overboard and drowned.
Laurcene 'Lori' Barnes Isenberg was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in the slaying of 68-year-old Larry Isenberg, almost two years after she first told police he had drowned in a tragic boat accident.
Retired forester Larry was reported missing and assumed drowned in Lake Coeur d'Alene on February 13 2018 by his wife, who told officers he had fallen off the boat while trying to fix the motor.
His body was found 16 days later on March 1, just days after his wife was arrested on unrelated embezzling charges.
Laurcene 'Lori' Barnes Isenberg was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in the slaying of 68-year-old Larry Isenberg (pictured together), almost two years after she first told police he had drowned in a tragic boat accident
An autopsy showed no 'visible' signs of stroke or drowning, but that he had died of a drug overdose, after he had ingested more than seven times the safe limit of diphenhydramine or Benadryl.
Fingers were pointed at Lori, especially after – in a bizarre plot twist - she was arrested in February on suspicion of embezzling half a million dollars from her workplace.
It then emerged that Larry's will had been altered around a month before he died with handwritten changes stipulating that Lori's children would receive 80 per cent while Larry's own children would get 20 per cent of his money.
A two-year investigation finally led to Lori's arrest for first-degree murder last week.
She was arraigned Tuesday and stayed silent during her court appearance when asked for a plea, according to KREM.
The judge entered her plea as not guilty in response.
The bizarre events began when the Isenbergs set off on their boat on Lake Coeur d'Alene on the morning of February 13 2018.
A two-year investigation finally led to Lori's arrest for first-degree murder last week. She was arraigned Tuesday and stayed silent during her court appearance when asked for a plea
Lori called police a few hours later claiming her husband had accidentally fallen overboard while fixing the boat's motor.
She made the call two hours after the alleged incident, saying she had left her phone onshore.
She told officers her husband wasn't feeling well and likely had a medical episode, causing him to fall into the water on that fateful day.
Detectives later said Lori's account of her husband's health didn't match up to that of his friends and questions were also raised over messages sent from Larry's phone in the hours leading up to his disappearance and death.
One friend said they had received a text message from Larry's phone that morning saying he felt better following his bout with the flu where he thought he might have suffered a 'mini-stroke'.