CHENEY, Wash. (AP) – The murder trial for a man accused of poisoning his wife’s ice cream is set to begin Monday.

Detectives believe David Pettis murdered his wife of 30 plus years because he was infatuated with another woman.

Documents state Peggy Pettis died after her ice cream was laced with a fatal dose of pain medication.

Pettis was originally arrested in October of 2018, but months later the charge was dropped.

It was then re-filed in the spring of 2019.

Pettis told KHQ shortly after charges were initially dropped that he would never hurt his wife.

He said claims of him loving another woman were false, saying she was ‘like family.’

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