An Alabama chiropractor, arrested and charged with allegedly attempting to kill his estranged wife by poisoning her with pills laced with lead, was released on bail last week.
Brian Mann, 34, was charged with attempted murder for “deliberately” causing his wife Hannah Pettey, 24, to “unknowingly ingest lead particles” while the couple was divorcing, according to court documents obtained by WHNT.
As of January 2022, Pettey spent two months at the University of Alabama in Birmingham hospital recovering from lead poisoning. She filed for divorce two days after she was fired. Mann was arrested in September.
Mann allegedly gave his wife pills from the summer of 2021 to the winter of that year and told her they would “boost her immune system,” according to Pettey’s attorney’s filings.
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He is also accused of paying five life insurance policies on his wife’s death with $1.3 million in collective benefits, the Hartselle Enquirer reported. Mann also reportedly filed for two additional insurance policies in December worth $1.5 million, payable upon her death. However, those applications were rejected.
Last week, a judge reluctantly granted the motion to release Mann on $500,000 bail with strict conditions so he could still pay child support to his estranged wife, who has custody of his daughter.
Judge Charles Elliott said “as much as a speeding ticket” would result in another arrest, according to court documents.
Mann was previously released on $500,000 bail following his initial arrest in September. A condition of that bond was the surrender of his passport to prevent him from fleeing the country, but after he failed to hand over his passport, he was taken back into custody.
Officials have still not received Mann’s passport.
Elliot said at a hearing on Wednesday that he was at a “crossroads” because as long as Mann is in custody, he will not be able to pay child support or alimony. He is currently $8,000 in arrears.
The judge explained that he had to strike a “balance” between ensuring the safety of potential victims or witnesses in the case while allowing Mann’s estranged wife and child to receive financial support.
According to court documents, divorce proceedings have been halted until the criminal proceedings are completed.
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Mann’s release restrictions include not being allowed to leave his home after 6 p.m. or before 8 a.m., and he will spend every weekend in jail from 4 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday. He will also have to wear a GPS ankle monitor and will not be able to talk to his estranged wife.
He is also not allowed to drink alcohol and will be subject to random drug checks.
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Mann’s jury trial begins in October.