After Ross' death, Laura splashed wine on the body and then called Sheriff Deloy Hays to the scene. When she was about to be exposed by Jessica Fletcher, Laura rushed to her home and flushed the poison down the toilet; however, Jessica stated that it wouldn't do any good, as the container could be used as evidence. Laura eventually confessed to killing Ross, blaming his excessive spending on other women for the fact that she's working as a nurse. She stated that she had planned to kill him for a while, but seeing her with Ellen finally pushed her. Planting wine stains on Ross and calling Sheriff Hays was part of Laura's evil plan to frame Ellen, because she knew that Hays' prejudice against Ellen would cloud his judgment (which it did). Laura was later arrested for her husband's murder.