Mich. man accused of killing wife by putting heroin in her cereal


GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (CNN) — A Michigan man is accused of killing his wife in 2014 after he allegedly put heroin in her cereal and milk.

44-year-old Jason Harris is facing three felony counts that each hold a life sentence, including first-degree premeditated murder of Christina Ann-Thompson Harris.

“She was a mentor to her co-workers. She was a leader. She was, I mentioned, a loving mother. And most importantly to many there she was an enduring friend,” Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.

Leyton says Christina’s friends were the ones to bring it up to authorities when they said the heroin overdose didn’t add up.

Jason Harris allegedly was quoted saying he had plans to get rid of Christina and even moved a woman into his home less than two months after her death, according to Leyton.

Christina’s life insurance was quickly collected by Harris and he told a co-worker of a failed attempt to hire a hitman, Leyton said.

While nothing could be proven with this, a breakthrough came in 2016 when Christina’s frozen breastmilk for her newborn was tested. No controlled substance was detected in the breastmilk.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has changed Christina’s death certificate indicating her cause of death was homicide rather than an accidental overdose.

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