Michigan City man allegedly killed roommate with windshield fluid
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) – A man in northwest Indiana allegedly killed his roommate by repeatedly doping his drinks with windshield washer fluid because he felt she was disrespecting him by not approving of his strong alcohol consumption, authorities said.
Thomas Holifield, 59, is charged with murder in the June 1 methanol poisoning death of 64-year-old Pamela Keltz, according to Michigan City police and the LaPorte County coroner.
The Michigan City man has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is due back in court on January 20. A LaPorte County judge appointed mental health professionals in October to determine if Holifield is fit to stand trial.
A message seeking comment was left for the Holifield public defender by The Associated Press on Friday.
Keltz was being treated in the intensive care unit of a Michigan City hospital on May 30 when Holifield contacted police, saying he wanted to confess to poisoning her, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported, citing records judicial.
After learning that Keltz had been poisoned, doctors changed her treatment. But she was declared brain dead and her family took her off life support on June 1, court records show.
Holifield told police that although he had been romantically involved with Keltz, he rented her a room and she was his “best friend.” But he told officers he was a heavy drinker and that Keltz did not drink alcohol, and that his habit had become “a point of contention between the two of them”, according to court records.
Holifield told officers he thought Keltz was disrespecting him and he devised a plan to poison her, first by putting eye drops in a cup she drank soda from, records show. judicial.
“Thomas noted that the eye drops did not cause severe enough disease. Pamela would have hallucinations and diarrhea but would recover afterwards,” the records say.
Holifield told police that in May he noticed a bottle of windshield washer fluid in Keltz’s bedroom, saw it contained methanol and learned the chemical was toxic, according to court records.
He reportedly said he put some of that liquid in Keltz’s 2-liter soda bottles and she fell ill and went to the hospital. After returning home, he said he began putting larger amounts of windshield washer fluid in his soda bottles, in an effort to kill her, court records show.
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