Pa. woman charged with putting eyedrops in boyfriend's drinking water waives preliminary hearing

September 17, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Vickie Jo Mills
Franklin County (Pa.) Jail

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — A Fulton County, Pa., woman accused of sickening her boyfriend with eyedrops waived her preliminary hearing Monday.

Vickie Jo Mills, 33, appeared in court and waived her preliminary hearing, Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott said.

A date was not immediately set for mandatory arraignment, Mellott said.

Mills, of 18250 Great Cove Road in Ayr Township, Pa., is charged with 10 felony counts of aggravated assault, 10 misdemeanor counts of simple assault and 10 misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.

She was released from the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail on $75,000 bail, according to online court records.

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. Police 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.

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

Mills, who is being represented by a public defender, allegedly told investigators she never meant to kill Nesbitt and only wanted to make him pay more attention to her.

According to a police news release, Mills allegedly told troopers she placed eyedrops in Nesbitt’s drinking water on 10 to 12 occasions.

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