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Dentist accused of poisoning wife searched 'how to make murder look like heart attack', court hears

Dentist accused of poisoning wife searched 'how to make murder look like heart attack', court hears

The online searches came from just weeks before she died

The dentist accused of poisoning his wife searched 'how to make murder look like heart attack', a court has heard.

Shortly after starting up an affair, James Craig, a dentist from Colorado searched online for answers to questions including 'is arsenic detectable in an autopsy?' and 'how to make murder look like a heart attack' mere weeks before his wife died according to a police detective's testimony on Wednesday (12 July).

The affidavit claims that Craig used a computer at his dental practice to create a new email address and make the online searches.

James Craig has been charged with first-degree murder.
Aurora Police Department

Toxicology tests showed that Craig's wife, Angela, died of poisoning from cyanide and tetrahydrozoline according to Arapahoe County coroner, Kelly Lear, who testified during the preliminary hearing yesterday (12 July).

Earlier this year (6 March), Angela began suffering from symptoms of dizziness, 'her head felt funny, her eyes did not want to focus, felt heavy and slow,' and she was 'vomiting' and had an 'extreme headache'.

Just a matter of days later (15 March), Angela decided to go to University Hospital accompanied by her brother and later met by her husband, Craig.

Her condition quickly declined after she experienced a seizure and had to be placed on life support.

She was pronounced dead just three days later at 4:29pm on 18 March.

According to her obituary, Angela was married to her Craig for 23 years and was the mother of six children.

Email search history showed searches for arsenic.
Aurora Police Department

Investigators believe Craig put poison in one of the protein shakes he regularly made for his wife for their workouts on 6 March.

Then, after she survived, he later ordered a shipment of potassium cyanide that he told the supplier was needed for a surgery, court documents show.

Craig has since been charged with first-degree murder after being accused of lacing his wife's protein shakes with arsenic and cyanide.

"This is a person who is tragically being slowly poisoned by her husband," District Attorney John Kellner said during the court hearing on the evidence in the case.

Police claim Craig carried out the poisonings on his wife in order to pursue a relationship with another woman calling the alleged plot a 'heinous, complex and calculated murder'.

The woman who was dating Craig at the time he was allegedly poisoning his wife has since said he lied to her multiple times.

Karin Cain, from Texas, met James Craig at a dentist conference in February, at which time Cain was in the process of divorcing her husband.

Craig's text messages to Angela according to the arrest affidavit.
Aurora Police Department

Cain claimed that Craig told he her was also going through a divorce with his wife, Angela Craig, when, in reality, he wasn't.

The pair had only been dating for three weeks when Angela died, and looking back, Cain said: "If I had known what was true, I would not have been with this person."

"He told me... they hadn't been living together. He had an apartment," she continued.

"It wasn't until the media started reporting on it that I realized the timeline was so tight, that it was two days after we had left that meeting."

Cain, who has made clear she never slept with Craig, said she feels remorse for Angela's family following her loss.

"I can't even imagine the loss of a family member and then to consider that it could be at the hands of someone that had been in the family for 25 years," she said.

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Topics: US News, Crime, Texas