UPDATE: Charges officially filed in ricin murder-for-hire case

UPDATE: 4/25/14 Preston Rhoads was officially charged with solicitation to commit murder and attempted murder.

In court papers released Friday morning Rhoads has been charged with two counts of solicitation to commit murder against his girlfriend and her unborn child. He was also charged with two counts of attempted murder.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY 4/22/14- New details released late Tuesday afternoon in a murder for hire case involving an Oklahoma City man.

Newly released court documents confirm that authorities were searching for the deadly poison ricin at a northwest Oklahoma City home last Thursday.

Preston Rhoads was arrested last week after FBI Agents raided his home in northwest Oklahoma City.

Documents allege he showed a vial of what he said was ricin to one of his friends.

According to search warrants, Rhoads had plotted an elaborate scheme to use ricin to kill the fetus of his pregnant girlfriend and possibly her as well.

The search warrant shows that agents were looking for items used to make ricin such as castor beans, acetone, lye, lab equipment, recipes and instructions.

At one point, court records show that Rhoads asked his friend to put ricin in a soda to give to his girlfriend.

Rhoads also allegedly suggested that his friend put ricin on a pizza, but decided against that because he didn’t want his girlfriend’s parents to get sick.

The 30-year-old is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail.

Click here to read the entire search warrant


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