Woman Arrested for Allegedly Killing Boyfriend for Financial Gain
A woman in North Dakota was taken into custody this week for the alleged murder of her boyfriend, who passed away due to poisoning last month, as per the authorities. The suspect, Ina Thea Kenoyer, aged 47, reportedly had financial motives for the alleged crime.
Ina Thea Kenoyer charged with murder after boyfriend died from poisoning, police say she may have killed him for financial reasons
A woman in North Dakota has been arrested and charged with murder after police say she allegedly poisoned and killed her boyfriend, possibly for financial reasons.
47-year-old Ina Thea Kenoyer of Minot, North Dakota was taken into custody this week and charged with class AA felony murder in the death of her boyfriend, 51-year-old Steven Edward Riley, Jr., also of Minot, according to the Minot Police Department.
Police believe Kenoyer may have killed Riley by poisoning him, and that she “had financial motives to murder” the boyfriend.
Riley died on September 5 at a hospital in Bismarck after being transferred from a local Minot hospital. An autopsy determined his cause of death was poisoning, the police department said.
Kenoyer is currently being held at the Ward County Jail in Minot as the investigation into the killing boyfriend continues.
“This case was extremely complex,” said Capt. Dale Plessas of the Minot Police Department. “Thank you to everyone who provided us with information that helped our investigators piece this together.”
The alleged murder in North Dakota marked at least the fourth such case this year of someone in the U.S. being accused of fatally poisoning their spouse or partner.
Just last week, a former Mayo Clinic resident was charged with killing his wife with poison in Minnesota. In May, a Utah woman was accused of killing her husband by poisoning him with fentanyl. And in March, a Colorado dentist was arrested on suspicion of poisoning his wife with arsenic and cyanide.
Police have not released any further details about the specific circumstances surrounding Riley’s death and the investigation into Kenoyer. But they said in a statement that they believe she poisoned and killed the boyfriend, possibly for financial gain.