Family Crimes

Woman Who Allegedly Poisoned Husband With Eyedrops Shot Him With Crossbow In 2016, Records Show

Lana Sue Clayton was arrested last week for the murder of her husband Steven, who she allegedly admitted to poisoning in July.

A South Carolina woman who allegedly admitted to killing her husband with eyedrops, also shot her spouse back of the head with a crossbow as he slept in 2016, records show. 

At the time, the incident was ruled an accident. Now, with the recent death of Steven Clayton, 64, the two-year-old shooting is under review by prosecutors, according to The Herald in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Last week, police say Lana Sue Clayton, 52, admitted to the July 21 death of her husband. She allegedly told police she put Tetrahydrozoline, a chemical often found in eye drops, in her husband’s water over a period of days without his knowledge.

Clayton was arrested on Friday and she remains jailed without bond on charges of murder and malicious tampering of food.

His body was found in the foyer of the couple's upscale home, located on the South Carolina shore of Lake Wylie, after it appeared he had fallen down the stairs, The Herald reported. The poisoning wasn't discovered until an autopsy revealed "poisonous levels" of Tetrahydrozoline in the victim's body, police said.

During the crossbow incident, Lana Clayton told police she was “trying to load a crossbow” when it accidentally went off.

“She said he woke up yelling and bleeding from the wound,” a 2016 report obtained by The Herald in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Her husband corroborated that it was an accident at the time.

No charges were filed in connection with that incident.

Police say they found evidence that Lana Clayton was considering suicide a day before she was charged with her husband’s murder last week.

“The family is shocked and mortified at the cause of Steven's death," a statement from the Clayton family obtained by WSOC-TV in Charlotte reads. "All of our family and friends know how much he loved his wife, Lana, and how devoted he was to her."

She could face the death penalty if convicted.

[Photo: York County Detention Center]

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