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.


Information from: The Ledger