The Colorado dentist accused of killing his wife by poisoning a protein shake appeared in court this morning for the first time since his case shocked America.
Jim Craig appeared in person to hear the first-degree murder charge after the deliberation that it was formally filed against him.
He moved into courtroom 308, his head bowed, his hands cuffed, and his ankles shackled.
He did not make eye contact with any of the family and friends who had stepped into the little room to support him.
James ‘Jim’ Craig kept his head down as he entered the courtroom, avoiding the glare of many who had gathered to see him.
Jim Tolliver Craig was sent to court in shackles on Thursday to face murder charges
Jim’s wife, Angela, began to feel ill on March 6 and went to the hospital to get help. She was sent home but continued to feel unwell, and returned on March 15th. Three days later, after suffering a seizure, she was taken off life support.
Tolliver Craig is comforted by Michelle Redfern, wife of his father’s business partner, and his uncle, Mark Bray, as he waits for his father to enter the courtroom.
Craig’s parents were also inside the courtroom to see him face charges
Craig’s daughter Myra holds her fiancé’s hand as she sees her father enter the court
His parents arrived just before 8:30 am with Craig’s eldest son, Tolliver.
Several of Craig’s older children also attended. They sat in silence and betrayed a little emotion when their father entered the court.
Craig’s mother let out a small gulp when she swallowed her reaction to seeing her son unshaven and in an orange jumpsuit from the Arapahoe County Detention Center.
During the brief hearing, the judge delayed the defense’s request to place a temporary gag order on the Aurora Police Department.
Deputy District Attorney Katie Telfer filed the suit objecting to statements made by the Aurora PD Division Chief in a press release regarding Craig’s arrest which, she said, amounted to a “presumption of guilt.”
In it, the chief of the Aurora Police Department, Mark Hildebrand, called Angela’s death an “outrageous, complex and calculated murder”.
Craig spoke only briefly during this morning’s hearing, which lasted barely ten minutes, as he asserted that he waived his right to a preliminary hearing within the 35-day period.
Craig will appear in Arapahoe District Court on Thursday to face first-degree murder charges
The 45-year-old was silent as he made his way inside, handcuffed at his feet and handcuffed.
Craig appears in court, speaking with his lawyer. He has not yet officially responded to the accusations
During the brief hearing, the judge delayed the defense’s request to place a temporary gag order on the Aurora Police Department
The court will issue a ruling on the gag motion at the preliminary hearing set for April 7.
Craig is accused of poisoning his wife, Angela, by putting arsenic and potassium cyanide in their protein shakes.
She first started feeling sick on March 6th and went to the hospital with a headache and nausea but the doctors couldn’t figure out what caused her illness, so they sent her home.
She returned to the hospital on 15 March and quickly deteriorated, having a seizure and eventually dying on 18 March.
He was arrested after colleagues went to the police to report their suspicion that he had poisoned his wife
The family home is in Aurora, Colorado, where the couple lived with their six children
Prosecutors say Craig wanted to start a new life with his mistress in Texas, and that he even flew her to Colorado to be with him while his wife was treated in the hospital.
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed yesterday that the mistress, Karen Cain, is in the midst of divorcing her husband.
Disturbing text messages included in his arrest affidavit show Craig telling his wife he loved her and asking how she was in the days leading up to her death.
The affidavit also revealed that he had drugged her once before, “about five or six years ago,” according to Angela’s sister.
In that instance, he told her he wanted to fire her so that she could not interfere with his suicide attempt.
Mormon couple and their six children. They have been married for over 20 years
DailyMail.com caught up with orthodontist Karen Cain in Marble Falls, Texas on Wednesday
She was still wearing her wedding ring, despite being currently divorced from her husband, Jason
Included in the guide was Cain’s flight itinerary from Austin to Denver and back which included Cain’s name
The Mormon couple have six children and seem to have a ‘perfect life’ which Angela proudly displayed on their joint social media account.
Behind closed doors, Jim was running a dental practice ‘in the grounds’ and spending his personal savings on gambling, Angela’s sister told police.
He was arrested after colleagues went to the police to report their suspicion that he had poisoned his wife.
They told how they had intercepted the delivery of potassium cyanide to the office earlier in the week as she had started to feel ill.
He has not yet responded to these allegations.
Cain and her family have lived in Marble Falls, Texas, for 24 years
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