By Dave Andrusko
Scott Bollig has pleaded not guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend’s unborn baby by spiking her food with an abortifacient.
The WaKeeney, Kansas man “stood mute Tuesday during his arraignment in Trego County District Court,” the Salina News reported.
Bollig is being tried on one count of first degree murder and aggravated battery and misdemeanor distribution of adulterated food. Bollig allegedly crushed up mifepristone pills on January 26 before sprinkling them on her pancakes. Abbott was between eight and ten weeks pregnant at the time.
The baby died January 31. Bollig was charged on February 20, according to Kari Blurton of the Hays Post, and a two-day preliminary hearing was held in July.
As NRL News Today reported at the time, WaKeeney Police Chief Terry Eberle testified that Bollig told police that he gave Abbott the drugs hoping she would have an abortion. However Bollig’s defense attorney challenged the admissibility of the confession. Following the preliminary hearing, Trego County District Court Judge Glen Braun ruled that the prosecution would be allowed to use the confession as evidence.
Hays pathologist Dr. Lyle Noordhoek performed the autopsy on the baby and was the preliminary hearing’s only witness. He testified that the gestational age to be 8-10 weeks and that the baby was developing normally, “which led me to believe some sort of process was interfering with the loss of oxygenation” to the placenta leading to the placenta to begin detaching from the uterine wall.
Burton reported that Noordhoek “said he determined the cause of death was consistent with what would happen if a pregnant woman was given mifepristone.”