An Indiana man allegedly poisoned his roommate to death by spiked her drinks with windshield washer fluid after she disapproved of his binge drinking habits, officials said.
Thomas Holifield, 59, has been charged with the murder of Pamela Keltz, 64, who died June 1, 2021, of methanol poisoning, according to Michigan City Police and LaPorte County Coroner Lynn Swanson.
Holifield allegedly called police to confess on May 30, while Keltz was being treated in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported Thursday, citing court documents.
Holifield told cops that Keltz was his “best friend” and that they once had a romantic relationship together. He said the two got into a fight over her drinking because she didn’t drink alcohol, saying her drinking had become ‘a point of contention between the two of them’, according to court documents .
He supposedly devised a plan to kill her, first by putting eye drops in a cup from which she regularly drank soda. However, “Thomas noted that the eye drops did not cause severe enough disease. Pamela would have hallucinations and diarrhea but would recover afterwards,” the filing reads.
Holifield then found a bottle of windshield washer fluid in Keltz’s room and saw that it contained methanol, a toxic chemical, authorities said.
He allegedly told cops he put liquid in Keltz’s 2-liter soda bottles, which made her sick and took her to the hospital. After she got home, he said he started putting more and more poison in his soda in an attempt to kill her, according to court documents.
After learning that Keltz was poisoned, doctors changed her treatment, but ultimately couldn’t save her. She was declared brain dead and removed from life support on June 1, documents show.
A search warrant executed at Holifield’s home revealed a funnel and nearly empty one-gallon bottle of Champion windshield washer fluid, which Holifield allegedly told police was nearly full when he began poisoning Keltz , reported the Times.
Holifield pleaded not guilty to the murder. In October, a judge appointed a mental health professional to determine if he was fit to stand trial, according to the Times.
He is due to appear in court again on January 20.
With post wires
New York Post