Woman accused of fatally poisoning boyfriend pleads not guilty to murder

Woman accused of fatally poisoning boyfriend pleads not guilty to murder
Meshell Hale (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A woman accused of fatally poisoning her boyfriend pleaded not guilty Monday at the 19th JDC to a murder charge.

Meshell Hale, 51, of Slaughter, appeared before Judge Richard Anderson and pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Damian Skipper.

A motions hearing is scheduled for April 8.

Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will seek the death penalty in this case.

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

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The New Orleans Police Department is also 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.

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