By TRAVIS HANDY
A Pulaski County woman is facing multiple charges, including trying to poison her ex-husband.
Cathy W. Turpin, 56, of Dublin, was charged by a Radford Circuit Court grand jury in indictments handed down Friday, March 8, and recently released. She was arrested March 10 and is being held at New River Valley Regional Jail. It is unclear whether she is being held with or without bond.
Turpin faces eight felony charges, including one count of malicious wounding, two counts of breaking and entering, one count of administering or attempting to administer poison to a person, two counts of forgery, one count of forgery of public records and one count of larceny of a credit card number.
The case stems from what Lt. Andy Wilburn of Radford City Police Department’s criminal investigation bureau called “an extensive history” between Cathy Turpin and her ex-husband, Alvin Turpin.
The case originated in 2008 when the suspect was accused of stealing checks and other items from her ex-husband’s residence. The status of the couple’s relationship may have complicated the allegations of burglary, and the case was closed.
Wilburn said the 2008 case was reopened when Radford City police were made aware of the poisoning claim a few months ago. Cathy is accused of “intentionally altering some of (her former husband’s) food, which made him extremely ill,” Wilburn said in an email, adding Alvin had to seek medical treatment. He said the malicious wounding and poisoning charges are from the same incident.
Police aren’t releasing the substance involved in the poisoning at this time. The incidents are all alleged to have occurred between July 23, 2008 and Sept. 20, 2008.
Turpin is scheduled to appear in Radford City Circuit Court April 12 to have a court date set for her charges.