Trial underway for woman accused of fatally poisoning boyfriend

Meshell Hale’s trial entered its second day on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 12:15 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The trial is underway for a Slaughter woman accused of fatally poisoning her boyfriend.

Meshell Hale faces a first-degree murder charge and is suspected of poisoning her boyfriend, Damian Skipper, who died in 2015.

Meshell Hale’s trial entered its second day on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge. The Advocate newspaper reports a judge wrote but hasn’t issued a warrant for the arrest of the doctor who performed an autopsy on Hale’s husband, Authur Noflin. Officials said the doctor allegedly refused to come to court to testify.

According to investigators, Hale is also accused of killing her husband, Authur Noflin, by poisoning him in a separate case in 2016.

Skipper’s mother told a judge in court on Monday, Dec. 5, about the couple’s relationship and said she never believed her son died of natural causes. The mother added she had little to no relationship with the suspect and said they only met twice.

Prosecutors also pointed to evidence in Hale’s search history. They claim she searched the internet for details on the poison she’s accused of using. Prosecutors added they have proof that Hale allegedly purchased the same toxic chemical through Paypal.

Hale’s trial for the alleged killing of Skipper is being heard by a judge after she waived her right to a jury trial.

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