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Oklahoma City man charged in plot to poison girlfriend, kill unborn child

by Matt Dinger Published: April 26, 2014
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Charges have been filed against an Oklahoma City man accused of attempting to hire someone to pose as a pizza delivery driver in order to poison his girlfriend and kill her unborn child.

Preston Harrison Rhoads, 30, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with two counts of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of attempting to kill another, court records show.

Rhoads is accused of producing ricin, a deadly toxin extracted from the castor bean plant, and attempting to hire a former co-worker to help him poison his pregnant girlfriend, identified as Shanisty Whittington, court records show.

The former co-worker contacted the FBI after a meeting April 9 at Rhoads’ house where he saw three plastic containers, two metal coffee filters and a turkey baster, according to the arrest warrant for Rhoads issued April 17.

Rhoads suggested the would-be assassin put the ricin in a soft drink for Whittington to ingest, or to pose as a pizza delivery driver and give her a pie sprinkled with ricin, the warrant states.

Rhoads intended to kill the Whittington’s unborn child, but if she “was killed in the process he was okay with that result,” according to the warrant.

Rhoads showed the man a vial of white powder and asked him if he was familiar with the television program “Breaking Bad.”

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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