Woman Accused of Poisoning her boyfriend Extradited to US to Face 1st Degree Murder Charges

The majority of this story was taken from the Daily Mail written by Paul Thompson on June 20, 2011:

A woman who allegedly poisoned her boyfriend after he jilted her for another woman has been extradited from Britain to the U.S. to face a murder trial.

Jankira Smith was escorted by U.S. Marshals on the transatlantic flight from London to Kirkland in Washington state after losing a two-year fight against extradition.

The 51-year-old is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Roger Lewis five years ago by giving him a drink laced with deadly insecticide. Prosecutors said she was upset when the 56-year-old told her their relationship was over after he met another woman he wanted to marry.

Smith is accused of giving Lewis a bottle of Jägermeister laced with pesticide. He was found dead at his home in Redmond, Washington, in October 2006.

Thanyarat ‘Nina’ Sengpharaghanh, 42, the woman he planned to marry, also drank some of the poisoned liquid. She told police she lost her sight temporarily and was found disorientated at Lewis’s home. She later made a full recovery.

According to court documents filed in 2006, Sengpharaghanh said Smith told her to make sure Lewis drank some of the liqueur before she took him to dinner.

Lewis drank a full glass and Sengpharaghanh drank half a glass, according to the court filings.
Sengpharaghanh told investigators she ‘almost immediately’ felt ill, lost her sight and blacked out.

A friend found Lewis dead on the floor of his condo and Sengpharaghanh, disoriented and blind. She was taken to Evergreen Hospital where doctors found she was suffering from a stroke.

Smith fled to her native Thailand before she could be arrested. Her details were posted on the Interpol website and she was arrested as she attempted to enter the UK in December 2008. She was held by customs officers on an international arrest warrant. Police in the Washington State believed she had fled to England after fearing she was about to be arrested in Thailand.

Smith has been charged with first degree murder and is being held in King County jail.

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