Wife accused of planning to kill husband with castor beans

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. – A Shelby County woman has been charged with conspiring with a Ohio man to commit murder. According to our news partners at al.com, Kirsten Mae Vining and Eric William Lipscomb have been arrested for planning to kill  her husband with castor beans, which are used to create 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.

Authorities say the murder attempt took place on June 21st when Vining brought Lipscomb to Alabama with a plan to poison her husband Gene Franklin Vining III.

Both are being held on a $50,000 bonds in the Shelby County Jail.

The case is still under investigation.