Fulton Woman Charged with Trying to Poison Husband
Police said Millie Edwards injected her husband's hospital IV with Oops, a common household cleaner, after she bought it at Wal-Mart Wednesday night. Officers said Edwards told them she first planned to put the solution into her husband's water or soda.
Police said Edwards told them she wanted her husband to have a fatal heart attack.
But, the Cole County prosecutor isn't charging her with attempted murder.
"With attempted murder, you have to prove murder," Bill Tackett said. "With assault first [degree], it's either murder or serious physical injury, so it's an easier burden. That's why you see the charges so many times and rarely any more do you hear attempted murder charges."
A judge set Edwards' bail at $1 million. The victim is in serious condition at St. Mary's Health Plaza.
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