Posted: Jan 3, 2013 1:05 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2013 5:01 PM
A Madison County man police say tried to murder his wife by giving her rat poison disguised in a cup of coffee pleaded guilty in the case Thursday afternoon.
William Cain, 56, was charged with attempted murder after his wife, Deborah Cain told police he made her some coffee last summer then left the house. She says the coffee looked dark green and she found a residue at the bottom of the pot. She then called a friend and then police, who found her husband at a neighbor's home. According to a police citation, William Cain admitted putting the poison in the coffee.
Deborah Cain told LEX 18 that she got word her husband was going to poison her five days before so her guard was up.
William Cain pleaded guilty of a lesser charge of first-degree attempted manslaughter, which carries a sentence of 5-10 years in prison. Formal sentencing is set for February 14.