CHICAGO (CBS/AP) Love will never die in the apparently poisonous affair of a man accused of trying to kill his wife with a deadly fish toxin in order to collect $20 million in life insurance, prosecutors say.
Edward F. Bachner IV and his wife Rebecca mouthed "I love you" to each other in a court hearing last week before he pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to kill her for millions.
Bachner, of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, entered the plea last Thursday. Last year, he pleaded not guilty to posing as a doctor to buy the puffer fish poison.
Edward F. Bachner IV, 35, also was charged with lying to the IRS in an effort to collect more than $538,000 in income tax refunds for three years the government didn't owe him.
The bizarre case surfaced in July when federal agents arrested Bachner after catching him taking delivery of a shipment of tetrodotoxin, which can be fatal when fish containing the substance are eaten. It is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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