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Fulton Co. woman accused of poisoning man with eyedrops faces additional charges

Vickie Jo Mills is now charged with 10 felony counts of aggravated assault, 10 misdemeanor counts of simple assault and 10 misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment

August 14, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Vickie Jo Mills
Franklin County (Pa.) Jail

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — A Fulton County, Pa., woman accused of using eyedrops to sicken a man over three years faces additional charges.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall this week amended the criminal complaint against Vickie Jo Mills, 33, of 18250 Great Cove Road in Ayr Township, Pa.

He added additional counts to the three charges already filed. Mills is now charged with 10 felony counts of aggravated assault, 10 misdemeanor counts of simple assault and 10 misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, according to a news release.

She was committed to the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail on $75,000 bail and posted that the same day to be released, online court records and jail officials said Tuesday.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police allege Mills put eyedrops in the drinking water of 45-year-old Thurman Edgar Nesbitt III. They said Dr. Harry Johnston told troopers he had been treating Nesbitt for nausea, vomiting and blood pressure problems, and a blood test revealed a chemical found in over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal sprays.

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In a news release, police described Nesbitt as being “seriously ill” over the past three years.

Mills spoke with investigators and allegedly told them she placed eyedrops in Nesbitt’s drinking water on 10 to 12 different occasions, the affidavit states.

She allegedly said she never meant to kill him and only wanted to make him pay more attention to her.

Online court records indicate Mills is being represented by a public defender. Her preliminary hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 17.

Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott arraigned Mills last Friday.

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