[cifnmedia] 30-Year Firefighter Caught In Murder Scheme

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  • Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 06:30:42 -0700 (PDT)

30-Year Firefighter Caught In Murder Scheme
Undercover Agent Arrests Man Allegedly Planning To Kill Wife With Poison

POSTED: 6:51 a.m. CDT October 17, 2003
UPDATED: 8:05 p.m. CDT October 17, 2003

Story by Click2Houston 

HOUSTON -- For two weeks, detectives have investigated a 33-year veteran of the 
Houston fire Department for allegedly plotting to kill his wife. 

Detectives told New2Houston's Investigator Robert Arnold that Richard Frank 
Thomas, 51, had been negotiating to buy a specific type of powdered poison. 

Court records show that the intended victim of the poison was Frank's wife of 
more than 30 years. 

According to the detective, Thomas wanted to buy a type of poison the he could 
mix with his wife's medication. But detectives said the man Thomas was 
negotiating with to buy the powder from was an undercover investigator with the 
Harris County district Attorney's Office. 

Thomas was arrested from a Heights-area Subway restaurant off of the Katy 
Freeway late Thursday night. 

Detectives said Thomas was taken into police custody after he purchased what 
believed to be the powdery poison. Investigators also said that some of Thomas' 
negotiations were conducted at while he was on duty at his own fire house. 

Firefighters from Station #6 said they were shocked and shook their heads in 
disbelief. And, at Thomas' home, there was a note placed on the front door 
saying they had no comment and wanted privacy. 

Thomas was charged with solicitation of capital murder and is being held on a 
$100,000 bond. 

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Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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