A "cereal" killer pun is pretty much unavoidable.
A Michigan man is accused of killing his wife by lacing her breakfast cereal with heroin.
When 36-year-old Christina Ann-Thompson Harris death five years ago was ruled a heroin overdose, her friends and family were in disbelief as they never knew her to be a drug user. Their doubts may have been well-founded.
Just last week, the Genesee County Medical Examiner’s Office changed the cause of death to homicide and this week her husband, 44-year-old Jason T. Harris of Davison, was charged with her murder, MLive reports.
“We believe he put the heroin in her cereal and milk the night that she died after getting it from someone, thinking it would be tasteless and odorless much like he has asked his co-workers multiple times,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said at a press conference.
He said Christina’s friends never bought the original overdose conclusion and stood by their assessments "that she would never use drugs, let alone heroin," according to NBC News. "By all accounts, Christina Harris was an incredibly loving mother."
Additionally, breast milk that the mother of two had frozen helped lead to her husband's arrest because samples proved she was not using heroin before the night she died, according to Michigan outlet WEYI.
The case was turned over from local police to Michigan State Police in 2016. Relatives of Jason Harris allegedly revealed to investigators that he had been cheating on his wife and wanted to get rid of her, according to WJRT in Flint. One of his co workers claims he asked him to kill his wife for $5,000 after a hitman he was talking to got arrested, according to MLIve.
That wasn’t the only alleged red flag.
Leyton said Harris previously told coworkers he’d routinely put pills in his wife’s food and drinks to knock her out and asked them what kind of pills were odorless and tasteless. He was later fired from the job, at a plastics factory, for allegedly testing positive for drug use, MLive reports.
Harris apparently quickly cashed his wife’s life insurance checks after she died and began a relationship with a woman he had been talking to in another state.
Harris' lawyer told NBC News in a statement that he has pleaded not guilty to the charges and that he "looks forward to demonstrating his innocence in the unfortunate passing of his wife."
"Mr. Harris has been completely cooperative throughout this almost half-decade investigation and was disappointed to learn that the original findings of an accidental overdose have now been discarded," his attorney Nicholas Robinson said.
Harris faces charges of first-degree murder, solicitation of murder and delivery of a controlled substance causing death.
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