Detective testifies about rat poison in woman's coffee

A man accused of trying to poison his wife appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.

Richmond Police say William Cain told them that when he put rat poison in his wife's coffee, that he was only trying to make her sick, not kill her. But Cain's wife told police she had been warned that her husband was trying to kill her.

Police say on May 6th, they were called to the home of William and Deborah Cain after she found what appeared to be rat poison at the bottom of a pot of coffee her husband had made for her. She told 27 Newsfirst her husband never makes coffee so she was immediately suspicious. She says it had a green tint.

Police arrested William Cain and charged him with attempted murder. They say he admitted to putting the poison in the coffee. At Cain's preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, police testified that a friend of his wife's had warned her this was going to happen.

"He was present with Mr. Cain and his girlfriend, Jennifer Osborn, on or about May second when Mr. Cain told her that he was going to poison his wife. So she called Mrs. Cain and told her to keep and eye out," said Paul Hogan with Richmond Police

The judge sent the case to the grand jury. Cain's lawyer asked the judge to reduce his $50,000 bond, but the judge refused due to the nature of these charges.

The contents of that coffee pot have been sent to the Kentucky state police lab to be analyzed.


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