Redmond woman extradited from Great Britain, charged with poisoning death of Kirkland boyfriend
By MATT PHELPS
Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor
June 20, 2011 · Updated 3:23 PM
A Redmond woman was extradited from Great Britain last week and charged with first-degree murder in the poisoning death of a Kirkland man.
Janjira Smith, 56, is being held in King County Jail on $5 million bail for the crime.
Prosecutors allege Smith killed Roger Lewis, her former boyfriend and severely injured a woman using an insecticide, methomyl, to poison a bottle of alcohol the two drank from in a Kirkland apartment in 2006.
The other woman involved in the poisoning has recovered from the incident, but a separate charge of second-degree assault was brought against Smith for the woman's injuries.
Smith had recently been in an 18-month relationship with Lewis, who took a trip to the Philippines and met another woman. Upon his return to Kirkland, he informed Smith he was going to marry the other woman, according to court documents.
"Smith reportedly did not receive the news well," charging papers said.
Smith repeatedly begged for Lewis to take her back with no results.
Smith contacted the woman in October of 2006 and told her that Lewis liked to drink alcohol. Smith said that she would send over a bottle of Jägermeister with a friend and urged the woman to have Lewis drink the alcohol before they went out that night and to have a good time. A friend of the female victim had reportedly told her that the bottle might be poisoned.
Later that night the woman poured Lewis a full shot glass of the alcohol and he drank the contents. The woman also had a smaller amount of the alcohol, according to the Kirkland Police Department's investigation.The woman told investigators that she immediately felt ill, lost her sight and blacked out.
The two victims were found the next day by a friend. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to the hospital. The woman was diagnosed with having a stroke from lack of oxygen to the brain and was temporarily blind.
Smith told police that she purchased the bottle of alcohol at a Redmond liquor store and had opened it and stored it in her freezer prior to the incident.
After being contacted by police, Smith flew to Los Angeles in order to locate an attorney should she be arrested. The woman subsequently flew to Thailand with tickets purchased for her by her daughter.
Smith was arrested in Great Britain in 2008 for the murder and has fought the extradition ever since.
Arraignment is set for July 5 at King County Superior Court.Contact Kirkland Reporter Regional Assistant Editor Matt Phelps at email@example.com or 425-822-9166 ext. 5052.