Cleveland: Prosecution rests in 'death by antifreeze' trial

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Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department

CLEVELAND -- The prosecution rested Friday in the trial of a woman accused of killing her fiance by poisoning him with antifreeze.

Holly McFeeture, of Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, is accused of spiking her fiance's Arizona raspberry iced tea with antifreeze.

Today McFeeture's ex-boyfriend took the stand.

The defense will begin its case on Monday before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian J. Cummings.

Between July 26, 2006, and July 30, 2006, McFeeture, 35, allegedly poisoned her boyfriend/fiance Matthew Podolak, 31, with antifreeze at their home in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.

They lived with their two children, ages two years old and five months old, and an 8-year-old child from McFeeture's previous relationship.

A grand jury indicted Holly McFeeture in July 2012 on one count of aggravated murder and another of contaminating a substance for human consumption or use.

A pathologist with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, who performed the autopsy on Matthew Podolak in 2006, determined that Podolak died from chronic intoxication of ethylene glycol, the active ingredient in antifreeze.

Podolak's death was not ruled a homicide until 2010, after Cleveland police received a tip that ruled out suicide and accidental death.

In July 2006, Podolak began experiencing lower back pain and went to the doctor where he was treated for kidney stones.

On July 30, 2006, Podolak was taken to the hospital in pain. His condition deteriorated. He was in extreme pain, disoriented, and vomiting. Podolak died the next day.

His death was ruled a homicide after a tip was made to police and then additional evidence was obtained by Cleveland Police. McFeeture was arrested July 26, 2012 and released on bond August 7, 2012.


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