Lakeland woman charged in death of her lover

- Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says a Lakeland woman accused of drugging and killing a man with whom she had an affair has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

The Ledger reported Wednesday that 58-year-old Virginia Collins went to elaborate lengths to throw suspicion off of her, even contacting one of its reporters with a false story. 

Detectives say Collins, who is married to another man, slipped the 65-year-old Gary Greenfield a sedative.  The murder investigation was launched after Greenfield's body was found by a handyman.  Collins and Greenfield had known each other since she was a teen. Judd said her husband didn't know that Greenfield was living in the couple's rental apartment.

Collins is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. It's unclear if she's retained an attorney.

 

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Information from: The Ledger 

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