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BATON ROUGE - The woman accused of poisoning a man she claimed to be married to has been formally charged with his murder.

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office says Meshell Hale has been indicted for murder in the 2015 death of Damian Skipper. His death was originally determined to be caused by a heart attack.

Hale was arrested in June after the coroner's office ran specific tests for poison on Skipper's exhumed body. His death has been reclassified as a homicide and Hale was arrested for second-degree murder.

Authorities began to suspect Hale in Skipper's death after she became embroiled in the death investigation of her real husband, Arthur Noflin, in New Orleans. Noflin's body was found in a burning car, but it was revealed he suffered from some of the same symptoms as Skipper before his death.

A lawsuit filed by Noflin's insurance company reveals he signed off on a change to his life insurance policy less than a year before his death. The documents named Meshell Hale as the sole beneficiary of his $750,000 policy in July 2015. He was found dead in March of 2016.

Hale has not been charged with Noflin's death.


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