Virginia authorities charge Ladson woman with possession of ricin

NORFOLK, VA (AP) - Federal authorities in Virginia charged a South Carolina woman with possession of the deadly poison ricin and having a gun with an obliterated serial number.

Sixty-two-year-old Debra Siers-Hill, of Ladson, made an initial court appearance Friday and is due back in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether she should remain in custody pending trial. Jail records indicate she was booked Friday afternoon at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail after being arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service.

An indictment alleges that Siers-Hill had the poison and gun in March 2016, one month after her boyfriend, 67-year-old Frederick Brooks, died in Virginia Beach.

Brooks' family has filed several lawsuits alleging that Siers-Hill poisoned him, but she has never been charged in his death.

Media outlets have reported that Siers-Hill's first husband died in 1993 in South Carolina from what a coroner determined was suicide by drinking antifreeze.

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