Lincoln Woman Charged with Murdering Husband in Fentanyl Plot

A 41-year-old woman from Lincoln, Nebraska, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her 38-year-old husband last year. Amanda Wright was arrested and is currently being held without bond at the Lancaster County jail. The victim, Zachary Svoboda, was found dead on August 21 in their residence in the 3000 block of North 50th Street. Police responded to an obvious death report and discovered Svoboda deceased inside the home. Over the course of several months, investigators determined that Wright orchestrated a deliberate plan to kill her husband.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Wright intentionally provided Svoboda with a lethal dose of fentanyl, leading to his death. An autopsy confirmed that Svoboda’s cause of death was acute intoxication from fentanyl and methamphetamine. It is believed that Wright was present at the time of Svoboda’s death but failed to call 911. Following his passing, she allegedly tried to conceal the circumstances of his death and allowed others to discover his body while she was away from the home.

On April 25, a narcotics investigation led authorities to arrest Wright after a search warrant was executed at her residence, the same location where Svoboda died. During the search, law enforcement found 96 grams of methamphetamine. Hidden inside a wall of the house was a black Smith & Wesson handgun with two magazines that police suspect was stolen from a vehicle in March. As a result, Wright was charged with possessing a firearm with a felony drug violation, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of money while violating drug laws.

Wright’s case marks the second instance of a murder charge by the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office this year. In previous cases in Lincoln, individuals were shot and killed during disputes at various locations in the city, leading to arrests and charges of first-degree murder. The continued efforts of law enforcement and prosecutors have resulted in charging individuals responsible for these tragic incidents.