Grand jury indicts woman accused of fatally poisoning boyfriend on first degree murder

Arraignment postponed until mid-November

Hale arraignment postponed until November
9News Investigators: Woman indicted in boyfriend's murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman accused of fatally poisoning her boyfriend will go on trial for first degree murder.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Meshell Hale, 50, of Slaughter, on Wednesday, October 3 on one count of first degree murder in the death of Damian Skipper.

Skipper died on June 30, 2015. After toxicology reports returned, Skipper’s death was reclassified as a homicide from Barium poisoning.

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating Hale in connection with the death of her husband, Arthur Noflin.

The LSP Fugitive Task Force arrested Hale in the Baton Rouge area in May.

Hale was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Wednesday, October 17, however, her attorney withdrew, says the EBR District Attorney’s Office. The arraignment has been postponed until November 15 at 9 a.m. Hale was handed a notice of the date change in court and told to return with counsel.

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