Grand jury to review case of woman accused of trying to kill husband with castor beans

Kirsten Vining, 33, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Shelby County this week, after the hearing had been

grand-jury-to-review-case-of-woman-accused-of-trying-to-kill-husband-with-castor-beans photo 1Kirsten Vining in 2016 

The case against a 33-year-old woman charged with conspiring with a young Ohio man to kill her husband is moving forward.

Kirsten Vining, 33, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Shelby County this week, after the hearing had been delayed multiple times since her 2016 arrest. On Wednesday, court records show, Vining waived her right to a preliminary hearing. With that waiver, the case will now be sent to a grand jury for indictment consideration.

Kirsten Mae Vining and 24-year-old Eric William Lipscomb were arrested in August 2016, both on charges of conspiracy to commit murder. Vining was released from jail that same month on $50,000 bond, and Lipscomb was released the following month, also $50,000 bond.

A grand jury indicted Lipscomb in January 2017 on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A trial date for Lipscomb has not yet been set, but his next hearing is set for November.

According to arrest warrants filed in the case, the pair planned to kill Gene Franklin Vining III with castor beans, which are used to make Ricin poison. Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury. Ricin can be made from the waste material left over from processing castor beans. It can be in the form of a powder, a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water or weak acid.

A dose of purified Ricin powder the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult.

Records show the murder attempt took place on July 21, 2016 and said Kirsten Vining brought Lipscomb to Alabama with the plan to poison/ kill Frankie Vining. No other details have ever been released.

The relationship between Kirsten Vining and Lipscomb has not been made public.

The Vinings were married in 2013, and separated in August 2016. The suspect's husband filed for divorce in March and was granted that divorce several months later. He was awarded custody of their three children.

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