Parents file wrongful death lawsuit against son's wife

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QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – On January 29, 2006, Gwen discovered her husband Joe was not breathing.

Paramedics rushed him to the hospital but it was too late. The 31-year-old was dead. The medical examiner ruled Joe died from a mixed drug intoxication declaring it an accidental death.

Joe Silva Sr. said, "Right there when it said accidental, I knew right there that something was wrong."

As Joe’s parents grew more suspicious of Gwen, she was moving on with her life. She moved into a new home in Gilbert.

Joe Silva Sr. says, “She goes, ‘I'm selling the house because it's too big for me and the kids, and then I found out she bought a bigger house’. I'm just curious how she came up with so much money to buy a million dollar home?"

After Gwen moved to Gilbert, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spoke with one of their former neighbors.
According to the detective, Gwen admitted to “putting Vicodin in Joe’s drinks the night he died so that she would not have to have sex with him.”

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office report also shows Gwen “admitted to having an affair with a 15-year-old student.”

In September 2008, Joe Silva’s death certificate was changed from accidental to undetermined. Joe’s mother says, "That death certificate being changed told me she did do it. She murdered my son."

They have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Gwen. Gwen’s attorney declined to comment.