By Sarah Newton-John • 20 March 2023 • 7:27
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She first started feeling sick on March 6. By March 15, she was in hospital for the third time complaining of headaches and nausea, and quickly suffered a seizure. She was taken off life support on March 18.
Prosecutors say her husband, who’d been having an affair with an orthodontist in Texas, wanted to start a new life with his lover.
The Colorado dentist was charged with murder on Sunday March 19 after detectives discovered his wife was fatally poisoned, police said.
James Toliver Craig, 45, of Aurora, drove his wife to the hospital on Wednesday, reporting that she had headaches and dizziness, according to a US news source.
“Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the wife’s condition deteriorated rapidly, and she was placed on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. She was declared medically brain dead a short time later,” Aurora police said.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Homicide Unit detectives launched an intensive investigation that revealed 43-year-old Angela Craig, a mother of six, was poisoned.
“A warrant for first-degree murder was obtained early Sunday morning shortly after doctors made the decision to take the victim off life support,” police said.
“It was quickly discovered this was in fact a heinous, complex and calculated murder,” Division Chief Mark Hildebrand said
Angela had been to hospital at least twice before her final visit, but her relatives thought it might be a sinus infection, as she suffered them for years.
At that point, there was no reason to suspect foul play, but after Angela was admitted to the hospital again on Wednesday, her husband made himself scarce.
“He has not been around the family much in the last few days,” the source said. “That led to some suspicion.”
In addition, they said, a “third party” went to police with some type of evidence that led police to suspect James Craig was involved.
In a 2021 press release, James Craig said he was “happily married” to Angela.
“They have six children, and they all enjoy the outdoors, especially camping, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking,” the press release added. “They also enjoy visiting theme parks and are often traveling to Disney, Universal, and Sea World.”
‘He was the most amazing boss, he poured thousands into my education… this is just devastating,’ Courtney Lyons, who spent four years working with Craig, told DailyMail.com.
Lyons, who lives in Michigan, met the family at TGI Friday’s, where she worked as a waitress for many years.
‘They would come in four nights a week, religiously, and I was their server.
‘They seemed like the perfect family. I’ve never met a better woman or mother than Angela. She was the most amazing woman. She was a saint. She just found time for everyone and everything.’
Lyons said the only flaw she and others could see in him was that he was too generous.
‘We would tell him that out of every dollar he made, he’d give 99 cents of it away or to someone else. He ran free dentistry days, he paid us all so well.
‘I’m not surprised there were money problems,’ she said, alluding to the fact he had filed for bankruptcy.
She added that the family was Mormon and didn’t drink, but weren’t forceful in their beliefs.
‘Not one person expected this.’
She told how he treated staff like royalty, always investing in their education and paying them well.
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