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Woman charged in fire that killed man also poisoned family

March 3, 2018

BATTLEBORO, N.C. (AP) — A woman who authorities say set her boyfriend’s mobile home on fire, killing him, also poisoned cheese after an argument with her family five years ago.

Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina says 29-year-old Tiara Drake argued with her boyfriend so intensely before the fire he called law enforcement and asked her to leave.

Medina says Drake returned to the Battleboro home around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday and set a fire that killed 51-year-old James McNair as he slept.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports Drake served probation after poisoning cheese with powdered cleaner, window cleaner and detergent after her family said she could not have any.

Drake is charged with first-degree arson and first-degree murder in the fire. It wasn’t known if she had a lawyer.

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Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram, http://www.rockymounttelegram.com

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