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70-year-old woman pleads not guilty in case of ricin

BURLINGTON, Vt. – A 70-year-old woman, accused of making the deadly toxin ricin and testing on co-residents in the Vermont retirement community has pleaded not guilty.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Betty Miller was accused on Friday.

Miller, who has an extensive mental health history, was arrested last month after telling investigators she made the ricin in her home at the Wake Robin community in Shelburne, because she wanted to “injure themselves.” According to a federal complaint, she told the researchers that they tested the poison of the effectiveness by the residents to eat and / or drink. No one was seriously ill.

According to the complaint, she said that the ricin from castor beans they harvested from plants growing at Wake Robin.

Miller is being held in a Vermont jail.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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