A Pennsylvania woman took part in a search for her missing husband, even though she had stabbed him to death, police allege.
Janet L. Winbush, 50, is charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse in the death of 53-year-old Deric Davis, according to People magazine.
The body of Davis was reportedly found outside their home under an air mattress.
Winbush had allegedly told Davis’ family members that she’d last heard from him on Dec. 14, according to a criminal complaint People obtained. He was reported missing on Dec. 21 by his brother, nearly two weeks after his family had last seen him.
It is alleged Winbush pretended to look for Davis and even called local hospitals to see if he had been admitted there.
But when they went to her house, they got a nasty surprise.
“Detectives knocked on the door and while awaiting a response, one of the detectives noticed a mound on the ground next to the front porch and steps, covered by a deflated air mattress,” the complaint states. “The detectives also noted the smell of a decaying body.
“They looked under the mattress and discovered Deric’s body. Deric had been placed in garbage bags which were wrapped with duct tape.”
Police found blood in various places in the apartment and a near-empty roll of duct tape.
Davis had allegedly told a friend he wanted a divorce in November because of Winbash’s “crazy behaviour.”
Winbash told police she had been physically assaulted by Davis and grabbed a knife from him during the alleged attack and stabbed him in self-defence.
People said it was not known if Winbush has retained a lawyer. She had not yet entered pleas to the charges against her.