A North Dakota woman allegedly poisoned and killed her boyfriend when she learned he planned to leave her, just hours after he inherited $30 million.
Ina Thea Kenoyer, 47, was arrested Sept. 5 and charged Oct. 30 with the “financially motivated” killing of her 51-year-old boyfriend, Edward Riley Jr., police said.
According to documents, eyewitnesses reported that the victim fell ill shortly after meeting with his lawyer to collect the huge inheritance.
The 47-year-old woman did not call 911 until the next day, when an ambulance crew arrived at the victim’s home and found him unconscious, reports the New York Post. The 51-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he died on September 5. An autopsy showed the victim died of poisoning from drinking antifreeze, which police said was given to him by his girlfriend.
Until the day of her arrest, she maintained in her Facebook posts that she was innocent and that the 51-year-old committed suicide. But he revealed to investigators that the victim planned to split the huge inheritance with his son and not with her, who was his common-law partner, although North Dakota law does not recognize her as a spouse.
In addition, the victim had revealed that he planned to break up with the 47-year-old shortly after inheriting the $30 million, which led police investigators to conclude that Kenoger poisoned him to collect the amount.
“The case was extremely complex,” said a police spokesman, who thanked everyone who provided information to “close” the case.