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Aurora dentist accused of killing wife by poisoning her protein shakes set to enter plea

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James Toliver Craig, 45. (Photo provided by Aurora Police Department)
James Toliver Craig, 45. (Photo provided by Aurora Police Department)

By JESSE BEDYAN, Associated Press/Report for America

An Aurora dentist accused of killing his wife by lacing her protein shakes with poison is set to enter a plea in court to a first-degree murder charge on Tuesday.

Police said James Craig, who began an affair before his wife’s March 18 death, had searched online for answers to questions such as “is arsenic detectable in an autopsy?” and “how to make murder look like a heart attack.” In the following days, Craig’s wife, Angela Craig, then Googled symptoms she was having including vertigo, shaking and cold lips, said District Attorney John Kellner at a July preliminary hearing.

Angela Craig, a mother of six who was married to her husband for 23 years, died of poisoning from cyanide and tetrahydrozoline, the latter a substance found in over-the-counter eye drops, according to the Arapahoe County coroner Kelly Lear.

At the preliminary hearing, James Craig’s attorneys argued there was no direct evidence that Craig had slipped poison into his wife’s shakes and accused the lead detective of bias against Craig. Neither the affidavit nor testimony during the hearing addressed how investigators believe Angela Craig was poisoned with tetrahydrozoline.

Craig also was later charged with tampering with evidence but details about that allegation have not been disclosed.

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