A North Georgia man is defending his wife, despite charges she tried to murder him.
Catoosa County detectives say Holly Clark conspired with her boyfriend, Royal Hall to kill her husband. He is still alive, but the duo was arrested Monday for allegedly coming up with a murder plot and trying to carry it out.
The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office started the investigation a month ago when Holly Clark's husband ended up in the hospital. They say she and boyfriend Royal Hall tried to kill him by mixing controlled substances in his alcoholic drink. Both are charged with attempted murder and conspiracy. She also faces drug charges.
Married couple Melvin and Holly Allison Clark live in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.
"There was another guy that had been coming in with a truck we noticed," neighbor Sharin Griffin said.
Catoosa County detectives say Clark had a boyfriend, 56-year-old Royal Hall, and together, they came up with a plan to kill her husband last month.
"Of course to hear this, words can't express the shock really," Griffin said.
"They discussed several different ways of doing it, but they came up with doing it with some pills," Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said.
Sheriff Sisk says Clark obtained Hydrocodone and Oxycodone and Hall crushed up a mixture for her to give her husband in a drink. An incident report from July 16th shows Melvin Clark told deputies he believed his wife tried to kill him after drinking an orange juice and vodka drink she made him.
"Think he said it tasted bitter, so he noticed something, but he doesn't remember a whole lot after that," Sheriff Sisk said.
Catoosa County is working with Whitfield County to piece together what happened next.
"He got into the vehicle and started to drive. She was in the vehicle with him and went into Whitfield County. Mr. Hall reported him as a drunk driver," Sheriff Sisk said.
The deputy who pulled them over, said Mr. Clark needed medical help, and sent him to the hospital. He was placed on a 72-hour mental evaluation. That's when he told detectives he "came to" and realized what happened.
"We have plenty of evidence. We'll be ready to go to trial," Sheriff Sisk said.
"She was never ever involved in any attempt to kill her husband," Clark's Defense Attorney McCraken Poston said.
Clark's attorney says the couple had filed for divorce, but have since reconciled and are now working together to clear her of these charges.
"The truth will come out eventually, until then, Melvin Clark loves his wife and supports her in her defenses and he's currently working to get her out of jail," Poston said.
Sheriff Sisk says Clark did not put the full dosage of drugs in her husband's drink that was initially planned. Clark's attorney says the state is "over-reaching" with the charges.
Both suspects remain in the Whitfield County Jail. Royal Hall's bond had not been set yet at last check. Holly Allison Clark's bond is $50,000.
Up until a year ago, she held positions on and off with Catoosa County Schools as a bus driver, special education paraprofessional, and served as PTO president at Ringgold Middle School in the 2008-2009 school year.