- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City man charged with trying to hire a co-worker to kill his pregnant girlfriend was ordered to stand trial.

Preston Rhoads on Tuesday waived his preliminary hearing in Oklahoma County District Court on two counts each of solicitation to commit murder and attempting to kill another person. His next court date, a pre-trial conference, was scheduled for Nov. 26.

The 31-year-old Rhoads has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Prosecutors say Rhoads asked a former co-worker to help him poison his girlfriend with ricin to kill both her and her fetus. The former co-worker notified the FBI of the alleged plot.

Rhoads is to remain jailed without bond.

According to a court affidavit filed in the case, Rhoads contacted the former co-worker and later produced a vial filled with ricin, a deadly toxin extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant.

Rhoads told the man that he wanted him to use the ricin to poison his pregnant girlfriend in order to kill the fetus, the affidavit states.

“Rhoads stated that if the girlfriend were to die in the process, Rhoads is okay with the result,” according to the affidavit.

The co-worker notified the FBI of the alleged plot, which was never carried.

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