Man Accused Of Poisoning Wife's Cereal With Heroin Heads To Trial

WWJ News
November 23, 2019 - 2:07 pm
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DAVISON (WWJ/AP) - A Michigan man accused of killing his wife by spiking her cereal with heroin has been ordered to trial on a murder charge.

The medical examiner had classified Christina Ann-Thompson Harris' 2014 death as an accidental overdose. But investigators now believe she was poisoned by her husband Jason Harris at their home in Davison, just east of Flint.

A judge this week found enough evidence to send Harris to trial after a multiday hearing.

Investigators say Harris, 44, initially hired a hitman to kill his 36-year-old wife. But before the alleged planned murder, the hitman was caught by police. That's when Harris allegedly spiked his wife's cereal with a lethal dose of heroin.

Harris' siblings told police that he had talked about "getting rid" of his wife, and his co-workers claimed he talked about not wanting a divorce or having to pay child support. One coworker said Harris offered him $5,000 to kill his wife. Another man told investigators Harris approached him for drugs so his wife "would go to sleep and quit nagging." 

Investigators say Harris collected $120,000 in life insurance and a woman moved into his home two months after his wife's death. 

Harris, who remains held without bond, was arrested in August and charged with first-degree murder, solicitation of murder and delivery of a controlled substance. He faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted as charged.

A trial date has not yet been set.