CALIFORNIA v. CYNTHIA SOMMER (2007)

Cynthia Sommer was charged with poisoning her Marine husband with arsenic to obtain $250,000 in veteran's benefits. Todd Sommer died suddenly in February 2002 in his home. His unexpected death was initially ruled due to cardiac arrhythmia. But more than a year later, scientists found elevated levels of arsenic in Todd Sommer's tissues. Prosecutors admitted they had no evidence, no purchasing records, an electronic paper trail or any direct link to prove that Sommer had access to the arsenic that killed her husband. Instead, they focused on her seeming inability to live within her means and her promiscuous behavior after her husband's death.

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CALIFORNIA v. CYNTHIA SOMMER (2007)