Woman Denies Guilt in Capsule Spiking

Associated Press

A woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges that she spiked capsules of over-the-counter medicine with cyanide, killing her husband and a woman.

U.S. Magistrate Philip K. Sweigert set a Feb. 16 trial for Stella Nickell, 44, of Auburn.

Nickell was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on two counts of causing death by product tampering, involving Extra-Strength Excedrin capsules tainted with cyanide. The charges stem from the June, 1986, deaths of her 52-year-old husband, Bruce Nickell, and another Auburn resident, Susan Katherine Snow, 40.