An Indiana man allegedly poisoned his roommate to demise by spiking her drinks with windshield wiper fluid after she disapproved of his heavy consuming habits, officers mentioned.
Thomas Holifield, 59, has been charged with the homicide of 64-year-old Pamela Keltz, who died June 1, 2021 from methanol poisoning, in keeping with Michigan City police and LaPorte County Coroner Lynn Swanson.
Holifield allegedly known as police to admit on May 30, whereas Keltz was being handled within the intensive care unit at a neighborhood hospital, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported Thursday, citing courtroom paperwork.
Holifield instructed cops Keltz was his “best friend” and so they had beforehand had a romantic relationship collectively. He mentioned the 2 fought over his boozing as a result of she didn’t drink alcohol, saying his consuming grew to become “a point of contention between the two of them,” in keeping with the courtroom docs.
He allegedly devised a plan to kill her, first by placing eye drops right into a cup she frequently drank soda from. However, “Thomas noted that the eye drops were not causing severe enough illness. Pamela would have hallucinations and diarrhea but then recover,” the submitting states.
Holifield then discovered a bottle of windshield washer fluid in Keltz’s bed room, and noticed it contained the toxic chemical methanol, authorities mentioned.
He allegedly instructed cops he put some fluid in Keltz’s 2-liter soda bottles, which prompted her to get sick and go to the hospital. After returning house, he mentioned he started placing an increasing number of of the poison into her soda in an try to kill her, the courtroom docs say.
After studying Keltz was poisoned, medical doctors modified her remedy, however had been finally unable to save lots of her. She was declared brain-dead and faraway from life assist on June 1, paperwork present.
A search warrant executed on Holifield’s house revealed a funnel and an almost empty gallon measurement bottle of Champion washer fluid, which Holifield allegedly instructed police was practically full when he first started poisoning Keltz, The Times reported.
Holifield has pleaded not responsible to the homicide. In October, a decide appointed a psychological well being skilled to find out whether or not he was match to face trial, in keeping with The Times.
He is scheduled to seem in courtroom once more on Jan. 20.