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Two men arrested in Oklahoma City burglary possibly were exposed to ricin

Two men were arrested Monday in connection with a burglary of the home of Preston Rhoads, who is accused of trying to make ricin to poison his pregnant girlfriend.
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: May 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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Two Oklahoma County jail inmates may have been exposed to the poisonous ricin during a burglary Monday, authorities said.

Ramon Stephens, 32, and Kevin Phillips, 34, were arrested in connection with a burglary of the home of Preston Rhoads, who is accused of trying to poison his girlfriend with ricin.

Jail staff were made aware of the incident and isolated the two inmates when they were brought to the Oklahoma County jail Monday.

The Oklahoma County sheriff’s office has strict guidelines and procedures for dealing with possible bio-hazard threats at the jail, according to a news release. The inmates were both cleared by medical staff, and officials said they do not believe there was a threat to anyone at the jail.

According to a police report, officers found Stephens and Phillips taking items out of Rhoads’ home, 11217 McKinley Ave., early Monday after someone called to report a burglary. Stephens told officers he did not know Rhoads.

Police found water bottles and a surround-sound system in their car, which had been backed into the garage.

Rhoads was arrested April 17 and charged with two counts of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of attempting to kill another.

He is accused of producing ricin in an attempt to poison his girlfriend and her unborn child, according to court documents.

Rhoads was being held Wednesday without bail in the Oklahoma County jail. Stephens and Phillips were both being held Wednesday at the jail.

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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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