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Contents of a note believed to have been left by Thomas Sudz after he killed his wife, Beth Alsup-Sudz and then attempted suicide in 2019 were revealed to jurors Thursday as trial continued into its second day in Oakland County Circuit Court.

According to testimony from Deputy Robert Charlton of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and forensic lab specialist, the note — found in the master bathroom of the couple’s home — states: “She drove me crazy with all her affairs.” The note also states “thank you” to two named men “and others,” and asks Alsup-Sudz’s daughter to care for their cat.

Alsup-Sudz, 56, was found dead March 17, 2019 in the bedroom she shared with Sudz, her husband of 15 years. When officers arrived, she was beyond help — lying in bed with blood all around her, and partly covered with a comforter. She suffered severe head trauma and was stabbed multiple times. Police also found Sudz in the bedroom, unresponsive on the floor wearing only boxer shorts.

While the prosecution maintains that Sudz, 74, murdered his wife out of anger and jealousy, his defense team says he was insane at the time of the killing — driven to madness over his wife’s infidelity and her denial of her affairs, compounded by adverse effects from psychotropic drugs he was taking for depression and other mood disorders which he had been diagnosed with weeks earlier.

One of the men named in the note, Patrick Higgins, was also called to the stand on Thursday, testifying that he was deeply in love with Alsup-Sudz and believed she had felt the same way about him. Higgins and Alsup-Sudz were co-workers at the Kroger store in White Lake Township who met in late 2017. She was a cake decorator there and he worked in the deli department, and they started off as friends, sharing break times and eating lunch together, he said. About six months into their friendship, they were in a romantic relationship with each other, he said, that continued until her death.

Higgins said when he and Alsup-Sudz weren’t together, they communicated much of the time, initially using Facebook messenger and then switching to Snapchat because “Beth was having some problems with her husband.”

HIggins also testified that Alsup-Sudz had set up her phone to require facial recognition to access it a few months before her death. His last contact with her, he said, was at around 11:30 p.m. on March 16, 2019. About 18 hours later, Alsup-Sudz’s body was discovered by police called to her home on Lockwood Drive to do a welfare check because she hadn’t shown up for work. Sudz, who spent time hospitalized as he recovered from his apparent suicide attempt, was subsequently arrested and charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

Along with the suicide note found in the bathroom, investigators found a butcher knife — believed to have been used in the slaying but apparently wiped clean — and several uncapped bottles of Sudz’s prescribed psychiatric medication — according to testimony from Charlton and a number of other members of law enforcement called to the stand. There was also some blood evidence in the bathroom sink.