Cat hair led to the arrest of a Texas woman accused of sending homemade bombs to former President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Court documents filed in district court in Houston last week reveal that 46-year-old Julia Poff allegedly mailed the bombs in October 2016 with the intention to maim or kill. Her attorney Ashley Kaper, declined to talk to an Associated Press reporter on Friday. Kaper told the New York Times that it was too early to comment on the case.
Abbott opened his package but the device did not explode because “he did not open it as designed,” according to the indictment, obtained by CBS affiliate KHOU. If he had, it could have resulted in "severe burns and death," the indictment states.
A package sent to then-president Obama was intercepted according to investigators' court testimony reported from KPRC. That package contained cat hair, which a judge said were “microscopically consistent with the hair of one of Poff’s cats” according to the New York Daily News. Also in the package: a cell phone, cigarette pack and a Ken's salad dressing cap. According to CBS News, the salad dressing cap was also linked to Poff.
Poff allegedly said she didn't like Obama. She was also allegedly mad at Gov. Abbott because "she had not received support from her ex-husband," the indictment states. Poff is additionally accused of mailing an explosive device to the Social Security Administration in Maryland because she was never given social security benefits that she applied for.
Poff faces six charges, including two counts of transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure, the New York Times reports. She potentially faces decades in prison. The Associated Press reports Poff is being held at a federal detention center in Houston.
[Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety]
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