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Hope Mills man accused of trying to kill wife with ant poison

Posted July 17, 2018 7:34 a.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2018 4:54 p.m. EDT

Eugene Richard Pittman

— A Hope Mills man is accused of trying to kill his wife by putting ant poison in her food, according to an arrest warrant in the Cumberland County Magistrate’s Office.

According to the Cumberland County Sheriff's arrest warrant, Eugene Richard Pittman, 52, of 613 Connors Cove, was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder.

Pittman's wife,Carmen Jackson-Pittman said she returned home on May 12, teasing that her food tasted sweet and asked if he was poisoning her. She claims Pittman became defensive of the joking accusation and denied it. Later that night, Jackson-Pittman said she woke to her husband duct taping her mouth shut and taping her hands together.

Pittman was charged on July 16 for putting Terro Ant Killer on Carmen Jackson-Pittman’s food, the warrant said, attempting to kill her “with malice and with specific intent to kill formed after premeditation and deliberation.”

Bail was set at $50,000.