An Idaho woman accused of murdering her husband by poisoning him and then throwing his body over the side of their boat allegedly made a prior attempt on his life before she succeeded in killing him.As reported by local CBS News affiliate, KREM2, 66-year-old Lori Isenberg, who is charged with first-degree murder in connection to her husband Larry Isenberg’s death, had previously tried to poison him with the same drug that ultimately killed him.
Larry, 68, was found dead in Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho on March 1, 2018 — 16 days after he was reported missing. His wife, who is currently serving a sentence on an unrelated embezzlement conviction, was indicted in March for his murder. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Now, court documents filed by the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney earlier this month detail new evidence found relating to the retired forester’s death.
Court documents filed in early July detail research Lori Isenberg did before her husband was found dead in Lake Coeur d’Alene on March 1, 2018.As per local NBC News affiliate KHQ, Lori claimed her husband fell overboard into the frigid waters while trying to fix the motor during an early morning boat trip to watch the sunrise. Larry was presumed drowned, however an autopsy later showed his cause of death was actually a lethal amount of Benadryl. It showed no signs of stroke or drowning.
New evidence in the case alleges that it was not the first time the Idaho woman had attempted to kill her husband by poisoning him.According to court documents obtained this week, Lori, in an attempt to hide her embezzlement from her husband to avoid a divorce, began taking steps to kill him. The 66-year-old had been stealing large sums of money from the non-profit organization helping low-income families where she worked.
Prior to their visit to Florida, she researched water depths, currents, tides, boating accidents, boat rentals and lake distances, according to the documents. She also allegedly tried to poison Larry with the same over-the-counter drug while in Florida.
In the immediate aftermath of his death, Lori liquidated all of their joint accounts and transferred other community property to herself, her daughters and her sister, according to evidence presented by the prosecution.Following her arrest for her husband’s murder, friends and family said Lori had been living a “double life”, People reports.
“For all intents and purposes, Lori and Dad had an absolutely perfect marriage,” Dean Isenberg, 39, Larry’s son from a previous marriage, told the publication. “If you believe in soulmates, they were soulmates.”
Larry’s good friend Andrew Kern said he “trusted her completely, so we trusted her, too. But she was living a double life that no one knew about.”The Idaho woman is being held in the Kootenai County jail on $2 million bond. On Tuesday, a judge ruled that her trial will be delayed again due to the coronavirus outbreak.