Thursday, November 11, 2010
Police in Orange County have provided new details on how they believe a Salina, Kansas city official poisoned his wife 16 years ago.
Detectives say Paul Curry injected his wife with nicotine, causing her death in 1994. Those investigators had been keeping tabs on Curry while he lived and worked in Salina. Fifty-four-year-old Curry now sits behind bars in the Saline County jail hundreds of miles away from what police say is the scene of the crime, while he awaits extradition.
Orange County California prosecutor Ebrahim Baytieh is working to put Curry away for life for murdering his wife.
Linda Curry died in 1994 in San Clemente, California where she and her husband lived. An autopsy shows Linda died from nicotine poisoning, although she didn't smoke. For 16 years investigators suspected her husband, Paul, but they never had enough evidence until now.
Orange County detectives watched Curry over the years. On Tuesday, they traveled to Salina to interview Curry where he was working as the city's building official. Sergeant Yvonne Shull told the Orange County register yesterday, after bringing in a nicotine expert, "I believe it (nicotine) was introduced to her via an injection." The expert also believes Linda Curry died a few hours after receiving the nicotine.
Detectives say Paul and Linda Curry were alone from 6 p.m. until midnight on the night of her death. "It was only her and him," Shull says. "No reports of a break-in." The Orange County district attorney says Curry is a cold-blooded murderer who killed his wife for a $400,000 insurance payout.