A 68-year-old man accused of trying to poison his girlfriend at a San Rafael nursing home will not face criminal charges, a county prosecutor said.
Robert Lewis Lochridge was arrested on attempted murder allegations in September after an investigation by the San Rafael Police Department. Police suspected he tried to kill the 63-year-old woman by bringing chlorine-laced bottled water to the care facility where she was a patient.
Lochridge, a San Jose resident, told investigators that he bought the liquid online as a health supplement. The formula - which is sold under names such as Miracle Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement or MMS - is marketed by its advocates as a treatment for arthritis, cancer, cirrhosis and other serious conditions.
In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning advising consumers not to take MMS, saying it produces "an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health."
Lochridge was released from jail while the district attorney's office reviewed the case and sought chemical tests. On Monday, Deputy District Attorney Charles Cacciatore said there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges.
Cacciatore said the woman appeared to suffer no ill effects and it was unclear whether Lochridge intended to cause harm. There were also unresolved questions about the toxicity of the substance and the extent of the woman's exposure to it.
Lochridge could not be reached for
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