LOGAN — Investigators in the case of a Cache County woman accused of trying to help an acquaintance kill herself — resulting in the deaths of two dogs — are looking into where the drugs allegedly used were obtained, according to a newly unsealed search warrant.
Teresa Renae Clark, 36, of Millville, is charged in 1st District Court with three counts of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, a class A misdemeanor.
On June 25, Clark allegedly gave a 55-year-old woman a cocktail of drugs, charges state. According to search warrant unsealed Wednesday, the cocktail included medications typically used to treat seizures and depression, as well as a muscle relaxer.
The woman told police "the drugs were given to her with the intent of killing her," the warrant states.
The woman said she "was suicidal and asked (Clark) for assistance. (The woman) explained in her interview she agreed to will all her earthly possessions to (Clark) in exchange for her help," according to the warrant.
"(Clark) agreed to provide the medication and assisted (the woman) in producing 'power of attorney' and medical directive documents, naming (Clark) as the recipient of (the woman's) property in the event of her death," the warrant states.
Clark "was to kill her first and then kill (the woman's) two Maltese dogs. (Clark) told her it was a blend of pills that would surely kill (her)," according to the search warrant.
The woman's two dogs died, but she survived and was treated at a local hospital.
As police investigated the incident, they had the woman call Clark after she was released from the hospital and secretly record their conversation. Clark told the woman she was sorry the attempt didn't work and that she would bring more pills to her, according to police.
At one point, Clark offered to supply the woman with a gun, police said.
Since being charged, the case has taken a complicated twist. The woman was found deceased Sept. 11 due to an apparent suicide.Comment on this story
Clark, who had been in jail on $250,000 bail since her arrest, was ordered released three days later. She was placed on supervised release and ordered not to have any contact with witnesses in her case, according to court records.
Clark's attorney, Michael McGinnis, also wanted to make sure the record showed that his client "had nothing to do with the alleged victim's death. There is no causal connection between the defendant's actions and the death of the alleged victim."
A preliminary hearing in Clark's case is scheduled for Monday.
The Utah Department of Health offers suicide prevention help at utahsuicideprevention.org, and the national crisis hotline is 800-784-2433.