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Possible motive outlined in poisoning criminal complaint
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In a small city with a population of about 5,000 people, charges of attempted homicide are not commonplace.

Naturally, area residents are questioning what could have led a 25-year-old woman to poison her grandmother with antifreeze. 

What is known for certain is that the granddaughter, Nina Fields, has been formally charged with first degree intentional homicide by Richland County District Attorney Jennifer Harper.


The charges stem from the recent hospitalization of Fields’s grandmother, Joan Wheeler, 68. Medical personnel at a Madison hospital determined that Wheeler’s rapid decline and near-fatal condition were the result of ethylene glycol (antifreeze) poisoning. 

See entire article in the October 8 issue of the Richland Observer