Former Salisbury School Teacher Convicted Of Murdering Boyfriend

Judy Church, a 64-year-old retired school teacher Judy Church from Salisbury, Massachusetts, was convicted of murder last week after being accused of poisoning her boyfriend, Leroy Fowler, with antifreeze.

According to records from NBC Boston, Church called emergency services after 8 p.m. on November 11, reporting Fowler was in “medical distress.” She told the dispatcher that Fowler might have ingested something and was “pulling the bedroom apart and had a bloody nose.”

Fowler was then sent to three different hospitals. The doctors identified that he suffered from kidney failure due to antifreeze poisoning. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol that can be accidentally ingested since it has a syrupy texture and sweet flavor. The victim may show symptoms of antifreeze poisoning between 30 minutes to 12 hours after ingestion, and any small amount can lead to death.

Following the discovery, Fowler’s family immediately contacted the police. On November 13, Fowler was pronounced dead, and the investigators discovered unidentified containers while looking at surveillance footage around Church’s apartment. She was arrested on Thursday afternoon by the state police’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section after an autopsy concluded Fowler had been murdered.

Before Fowler’s passing, Church still managed to change her Facebook profile picture to one showing them together. Following his death, she received many messages of support. However, those who loved Fowler started to flood her Facebook account with angry messages after news of her arrest spread on Friday.

One of the messages was from Fowler’s son, who is also named Leroy. He sent a screenshot of a story about Church’s arrest with the caption, “Cats out of the bag now. I had to stay quiet but not anymore.. time to pay the piper!” Fowler’s sister, Tammy Carbone also wrote on Thursday condemning Church.

“I can’t wait to see her face tomorrow when she can’t walk out. To think she thought she could get away with it.”

Tammy Fowler Carbone, sister of Leroy Fowler

The younger Leroy refused to be interviewed by the media. Regardless, he wrote a message saying his father was a good man who loved his children and grandchildren, especially his eight-year-old grandson, Leo Fowler. Leroy made no comment about Church except that she was a retired school teacher.

“He was just a good guy man,” Leroy wrote. “Not perfect but he was a good guy.”

Fowler’s sister, Tammy Carbone, also wrote on Thursday, saying, “I can’t wait to see her face tomorrow when she can’t walk out. To think she thought she could get away with it.”

Motives Of Murder

Church’s motives for killing Fowler are still under investigation. However, based on the testimony from Leroy’s stepson Michael Hawkins, Fowler had a second girlfriend, leading him to “go back and forth” between her and Church.

Hawkins said he had overheard Church saying she wanted to kill the other girlfriend. Fowler later suddenly suggested that she had poisoned him just two weeks before. Later, he allegedly left Church’s home but still relied on her to provide most of his meals. Carbone told the police she had suspected Church might have been poisoning Fowler via the coffee shakes she frequently made for him.

Leroy junior believes Church had taken out a life insurance policy in his father’s name a year before he died, but he doesn’t have the record. She also reportedly tried to convince the doctors that she should be Fowler’s healthcare proxy in his final moments but was denied.

NBC Boston reported that Church made an appearance in the court a day after her arrest, where she was denied bail in her first hearing on Friday.