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May 15, 2014

Teen charged in ricin case due in court

DOYLESTOWN — A suburban Philadelphia teenager charged with sending a romantic rival a greeting card laced with the deadly poison ricin is making a court appearance.

The (Doylestown) Intelligencer reports 19-year-old Nicholas Helman is scheduled to appear before District Judge Daniel Finello in Warminster for a preliminary hearing today.

The Bucks County district attorney’s office accused Helman in March of delivering a ricin-laced greeting card to the home of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.

Two days later, investigators found a container of leftover ricin they allege Helman stashed beneath a gas-main access cap in a front yard near his home.

Helman is facing charges including attempted murder and risking a catastrophe. He is being held without bail.


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