Murder and Assault Cases in Court
Prosecutors had to show there is enough evidence in both cases to take them to trial.
In one case, Millie Edwards is charged with first-degree assault. Police said she admitted putting a toxic cleaning solution in her husband's IV while he was hospitalized.
Terry Perrigo, a nurse who treated Edwards' husband, said, "He started crying that he felt like he was dying. He was very, very pale, just said, 'Something was wrong, something was wrong, something's not right, I'm dying.'"
In another case, Peter Merlati is charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death.
Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Tackett said additional evidence let him increase the charge against Merlati from second- to first-degree murder.
Tackett said he's waiting to receive certified documents about Merlati's previous convictions before officially pursuing the death penalty.
Both cases take their next step in the judicial process next Monday when defense lawyers decide whether their clients will plead guilty or go to trial.
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