HAPPENING TODAY: Attempted Murder Suspect Appears In A Colfax Co - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UPDATE: WSU Chemistry Student Accused Of Trying To Poison His Wife While She Slept

Posted: Updated:
Suspect Jacob Forster in court on Wednesday Suspect Jacob Forster in court on Wednesday
Suspect Jacob Forster Suspect Jacob Forster

UNIONTOWN, Wash. – Court documents newly-obtained by KHQ show Jacob Forster, 32, admitted to his wife he tried to kill her while she was sleeping in the early morning hours of March 27th at their Uniontown, Washington, home.

Forster's wife told Whitman County Sheriff's deputies the night of March 26th, she wasn't sleeping well and had woken up several times. She reported one time, she saw her husband standing the doorway of their bedroom fully dressed, wearing a red headlamp, checking to see if she was asleep. Then, when she woke up around 3:00 a.m., there was a cardboard box over her head, and her husband already had – or was planning to – put argon or nitrogen into the box for her to breathe. She woke up and reported feeling panic, and trying to push the box off her head, but she could not move it.   Jacob later told deputies while he had the box over his wife's head, he watched the clock, saying if you breath in nitrogen for less than 90 seconds it will cause no damage. 

He reported he put gas into the box for approximately 30 seconds before his wife woke up.   When she woke up, she reported Jacob took the equipment and quickly went outside. Through the window she could see a red tank attached to the box, along with a clear hose and a regulator. She reported she had never seen the tank before.  

Records show Jacob Forster told deputies he had access to the pressurized tank because he's a grad student at WSU in the chemistry department. The university confirmed to KHQ Forster is enrolled as a full-time Ph.D. student in the chemistry department. 

Court records show Forster and his wife each had a new life insurance policy; she reported if she died, he would get $1 million dollars, and if he died, she would get $500,000. He told deputies each policy was for $1 million. Records show Forster was planning to attend dental school, at an estimated cost of $200,000-$300,000.  

Records show he also told deputies he was suicidal, and wanted to sedate his wife that night so she wouldn't wake up and stop him from taking his own life. He also told them their insurance policy had an exception for suicides, and when asked if the value of the policy crossed his mind while he was gassing his wife, he told deputies, "I would be lying if I said it didn't." He then told deputies he would not hurt his wife. Forster's wife decided to leave their home, believing her husband intended to kill her and that she was not safe.  

After she went to the police, a judge authorized a recorded phone call between the couple, in which Jacob Forster told his wife he was sickened about what he tried to do. When she asked him what he was trying to do, he was silent for about 30 seconds before responding, "That night, and not any point in the future I was trying to kill you." After that phone call, Jacob asked his wife to call him again. During that recorded phone call, he told her, "I just wanted to say I am at peace with the potential consequences of what I did and if you are going to call the police and press charges I would just appreciate a heads up before you do, I'm not going to commit suicide, I am not going to come after you, I would just like to mentally become prepared for going to prison."  

Forster is making his first court appearance on one count of attempted first-degree murder in a Whitman County Courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Train derails, spilling grain near Spangle

    Train derails, spilling grain near Spangle

    Saturday, July 22 2017 2:14 AM EDT2017-07-22 06:14:30 GMT

    SPANGLE, Wash. - A train carrying grain has derailed along Highway 195 between Plaza and Spangle.  The tracks where the five cars tipped is now closed for the weekend.  The tip over blocked traffic for several hours Friday afternoon. The company who owns the tracks says crews will be headed out Saturday to clean up the crash. 

    More >>

    SPANGLE, Wash. - A train carrying grain has derailed along Highway 195 between Plaza and Spangle.  The tracks where the five cars tipped is now closed for the weekend.  The tip over blocked traffic for several hours Friday afternoon. The company who owns the tracks says crews will be headed out Saturday to clean up the crash. 

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 21st

    Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 21st

    Saturday, July 22 2017 2:00 AM EDT2017-07-22 06:00:13 GMT
    Mad Minute for 12/30/16Mad Minute for 12/30/16

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 21st.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 21st.

    More >>
  • Federal grand jury indicts US soldier on terrorism charges

    Federal grand jury indicts US soldier on terrorism charges

    Friday, July 21 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-07-22 03:50:00 GMT
    Federal grand jury indicts US soldier on terrorism chargesFederal grand jury indicts US soldier on terrorism charges

    HONOLULU (AP) - A federal grand jury in Hawaii has indicted a U.S. soldier for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was indicted Friday after he was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail. Because of the indictment, Kang will no longer have a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Monday. Kang's court-appointed attorney Birney 

    More >>

    HONOLULU (AP) - A federal grand jury in Hawaii has indicted a U.S. soldier for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was indicted Friday after he was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail. Because of the indictment, Kang will no longer have a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Monday. Kang's court-appointed attorney Birney 

    More >>