Murder Antidepressants & Alcohol 2010-05-21 Ohio Woman Kills her Friend: Found Guilty by Jury
Summary:

Paragraphs six through eight read:  "The troubled 40-year-old waitress had just shown Spurlock new scars on her wrists from a suicide attempt a week earlier, according to testimony. She had been drinking and taking prescription antidepressants and decided to cut herself again that night."

"Prosecutors said Loughman was angry at the lack of sympathy from Spurlock, a 1985 graduate of Upper Arlington High School. She later told police,  'I wanted him to feel my pain'."

"She grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and stabbed Spurlock through the heart as he sat on a love seat."

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians Desk Reference states that antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and can cause alcohol abuse. Also, the liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol simultaneously, thus leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the antidepressant in the human body.


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Woman guilty of killing friend

Fight for knife led to death, she says

Friday,  May 21, 2010 2:51 AM

By Bruce Cadwallader

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 
Lori Loughman, 40, is to be sentenced to the mandatory prison term of 15 years to life on June 3.

Lori Loughman knows that she stabbed her best friend to death as they drank wine and watched a movie but she doesn't remember doing it, she told a Franklin County jury this week.

She said she must have blacked out.

"I was very intoxicated," she said. "I know he tried to take (the knife) away from me, and I lost my balance. I didn't mean to hurt him."

Yesterday, jurors found her guilty of murder in the death of Tim Spurlock, 40, on March 14, 2009, in Loughman's apartment at 6025 Shadow Lake Circle on the Northwest Side.

The troubled 40-year-old waitress had just shown Spurlock new scars on her wrists from a suicide attempt a week earlier, according to testimony. She had been drinking and taking prescription antidepressants and decided to cut herself again that night.

Prosecutors said Loughman was angry at the lack of sympathy from Spurlock, a 1985 graduate of Upper Arlington High School. She later told police, "I wanted him to feel my pain."

She grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and stabbed Spurlock through the heart as he sat on a love seat.

Police called the stabbing a homicide.

Loughman and defense attorney Javier Armengau tried to convince jurors that the stabbing was unintentional and occurred during a struggle over the knife.

Assistant Prosecutors Nancy Moore and Nathan Yohey said Loughman was uncooperative and hysterical when police arrived. She hung up on the 911 dispatcher and refused to give her name or the name of her dead friend. Police found her bear-hugging Spurlock's lifeless body as they kicked in the front door that she refused to open.

"I don't remember calling the police. I don't remember them knocking," Loughman testified.

Spurlock's friends said he was the only co-worker at the Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse in Dublin who could deal with Loughman's bizarre behavior. The two were not lovers but shared an interest in sports, drinking and movies.

He sometimes spent the night on the couch to calm down Loughman. She had no other friends because of erratic behavior and mood swings, testimony showed.

Judge Tim Horton is to sentence Loughman to the mandatory prison term of 15 years to life on June 3.

bcadwallader@dispatch.com