Aurora dentist accused of poisoning wife’s protein shakes sets trial date

Posted at 2:25 PM, October 10, 2023

By: Stephanie Butzer

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (Scripps News Denver) — An Aurora dentist accused of killing his wife by poisoning her protein shakes pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on Monday afternoon.

James Toliver Craig, 45, made the plea in Arapahoe County Court around 4 p.m. Monday in front of Judge Shay Whitaker, who accepted it after discussion about possibly continuing the arraignment.

The jury trial has been scheduled for three weeks in the spring of 2024: April 23 through May 7.

James Toliver Craig booking photo.

James Toliver Craig was charged with first-degree murder for the death of his wife. (Aurora Police Department)

James Craig was arrested March 19, 202, on a charge of first-degree murder after deliberation in connection with the death of his 43-year-old wife Angela Craig, who died in a hospital the day prior. He practiced dentistry at Summerbrook Dental Group. He was formally charged with first-degree murder on March 23 and in mid-July, a charge of solicitation to commit tampering with physical evidence was added.

His bond was set at $10 million on June 28.

The family of Angela Craig set up a GoFundMe to support her children and honor her life.

A 52-page arrest affidavit detailed how Angela Craig became sick multiple times in early and mid-March and was hospitalized, but doctors could not determine what was causing her symptoms. During one of the visits, a person alerted a nurse that he believed she had been poisoned, possibly by James Craig, according to the affidavit.

This story was originally published by Scripps News Denver, an E.W. Scripps Company.