An Alabama chiropractor who was arrested and charged with allegedly trying to kill his estranged wife by poisoning her with lead-laced pills was released on bail last week.
Brian Mann, 34, has been charged with attempted murder for “deliberately” causing his wife Hannah Pettey, 24, to “unknowingly ingest lead particles” while the couple were going through a divorce, according to court documents obtained by WHNT.
As of January 2022, Pettey spent two months at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham recovering from lead poisoning. Two days after her release, she filed for divorce. Man was arrested in September.
Mann reportedly gave his wife pills from the summer of 2021 through the winter of this year, telling her they would “boost her immune system,” Pettey’s attorney’s filing says.
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He is also accused of having five life insurance policies payable on his wife’s death that had total benefits of $1.3 million, the Hartselle Enquirer reported. Mann reportedly applied for two additional insurance policies worth $1.5 million in December to be paid upon her death. However, these requests were rejected.
Last week a judge reluctantly granted a motion to release Mann on $500,000 bail on strict terms so he can continue to pay child support to his estranged wife, who has custody of his daughter.
Judge Charles Elliott said, according to court documents, “as much as a speeding ticket” would result in a new arrest.
Mann was previously released on $500,000 bail following his initial arrest in September. A condition of this bond was the release of his passport to prevent him from fleeing the country, but after he failed to release his passport he was taken back into custody.
Officials have still not received Mann’s passport.
Elliot said at a hearing on Wednesday he was at a “crossroads” because while Mann was incarcerated he would be unable to pay child support or child support. He is currently $8,000 in arrears.
The judge stated that he needed to “balance” the safety of potential victims or witnesses in the case while also providing financial support to Mann’s estranged wife and child.
According to court documents, the divorce proceedings have been suspended pending the conclusion of the criminal case.
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Mann’s release restrictions include not leaving his home after 6 p.m. and before 8 a.m., and he will be in jail every weekend from 4 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday. He is also required to wear a GPS ankle monitor and cannot speak to his estranged wife.
He is also not allowed to drink alcohol and is subjected to random drug tests.
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Mann’s jury trial is scheduled to begin in October.