Judge to rule on evidence in antifreeze poisoning case

Helen Galli was convicted in 2013 of aggravated assault for allegedly lacing a glass of Juicy Juice with anti-freeze and ordering her son to give it to his girlfriend (Photo: The Times Leader).

A judge says he will rule on the morning of the trial what evidence prosecutors can present in the retrial of an elderly Pennsylvania woman accused of poisoning her son's girlfriend with antifreeze, leaving her near death.

Eighty-six-year-old Helen Galli is scheduled to go on trial March 19 on aggravated assault and other charges.

Galli was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to 5½ to 12 years, but a judge said her attorney should have objected to testimony that she wanted the victim to consume the antifreeze-laced drink.

The defense wants prosecutors barred from using that testimony again. Prosecutors are expected to seek introduction of evidence of Galli's criminal history.

Luzerne County prosecutors say Galli intentionally poisoned the woman in 2010 out of jealousy, while the defense argues that the victim poisoned herself.

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