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Woman charged in husband's poisoning waives hearing

December 08, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Orrstown, Pa., woman charged with twice poisoning her husband's tea waived a preliminary hearing Monday before District Justice Larry Meminger.

Linda Reasner, 55, of 12688 Cumberland Highway, is scheduled for mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court on Jan. 20, 1999, according to Meminger's office.

She has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with two counts of criminal attempt to commit homicide and two counts of aggravated assault.

Both charges are first-degree felonies and each has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, James Reasner, 54, of the same address, was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital on Aug. 21, 1997, suffering from ethylene glycol poisoning that damaged his kidneys.

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On Sept. 23 of this year, James Reasner was again admitted to the hospital with ethylene glycol poisoning, which again caused his kidneys to stop functioning.

The affidavit said the chemical is commonly found in anti-freeze.

In each of the cases, police said the ethylene glycol was mixed in with tea that James Reasner drank the day before he was admitted to the hospital. He spent several days in the hospital following the second incident.

Linda Reasner was being held in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bond, according to Meminger's office.

At her court arraignment next month she can either plead innocent and be scheduled for trial, or enter into a plea agreement.

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