NJ chemist pleads not guilty to poisoning husband

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Posted: May 17, 2011 5:09 PM
NJ chemist pleads not guilty to poisoning husband

A New Jersey chemist accused of fatally poisoning her estranged husband with thallium she got at work has pleaded not guilty.

Tianle Li (tee-ahn-lay lee) of Monroe Township in Middlesex County entered the plea Tuesday in response to a grand jury indictment. She's charged with murder and hindering apprehension.

Li worked for pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb for 10 years and was arrested in February. Prosecutors contend that she murdered Xiaoye (zow-yay) Wang by poisoning him with thallium, a highly toxic metal. The couple was in the process of divorcing.

Authorities say Li got the chemical at work and slipped it in her husband's food between mid-November and Jan. 26, when he died at a Princeton hospital

Li remains in the Middlesex County Jail on $4.15 million bail.