Firefighter Arrested for Trying to Poison Girlfriend

Firefighter Arrested for Trying to Poison Girlfriend

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BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) -- A firefighter was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly trying to poison his girlfriend, who is pregnant with twins.

Brandon Weaver, 23, was charged Monday with two counts of attempted criminal homicide. He was taken into custody Saturday after admitting to police that he had crushed a blood thinner prescription he took from a neighbor and put it inside a sandwich, Bountiful Police Lt. Randy Pickett said.

"The bottom line was she was pregnant and he was not prepared to be tied down to a family," Pickett said.

The Davis County Attorney's office is looking into any further charges that should be filed, officials said.

Weaver, who does not have a criminal record, posted $100,000 bail Monday and was released.

The 32-year-old unidentified woman said Weaver had fixed her a sandwich March 3, which she said didn't taste right.

She ate only half of it and threw the other half away, said Davis County Deputy Attorney Steve Major. After the suspect left her home, she became suspicious and inspected the uneaten sandwich.

Inside it, "she found white, powdery stuff and chunks of pills," Major said.

The woman didn't eat enough to cause serious problems, Pickett said.

Major said this case is unique because the woman is 11-weeks pregnant with twins.

Bountiful Fire Chief George Sumner said Weaver had worked as a part-time firefighter from January 2002 until Monday, when his employment was terminated following the arrest. The man also worked full time as an EMT at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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