Man Suspected of Poisoning Released

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man jailed on suspicion of attempting to kill his girlfriend by giving her bottled water containing chlorine has been freed pending further investigation.

The Marin Independent Journal reports that prosecutors released 67-year-old Robert Lochridge of San Jose without charges as he was set to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Lochridge was arrested on Saturday after the San Rafael nursing home where his 63-year-old girlfriend stays reported that Lochridge was bringing her water with a pungent odor. Police say a test showed the liquid had a high concentration of chlorine.

But Chief Deputy Public Defender Debra Leyva says Lochridge had no intention of hurting his girlfriend, and the case is a big misunderstanding.

The Marin IJ reports that Lochridge claimed to have bought the liquid online, where it is marketed as an alternative health product.

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