(Minot, ND-Wed. Nov. 1, 2023) Ina Thea Kenoyer of Minot remains in the Ward County Jail tonight on a $1M bond, charged with murdering her boyfriend by serving him sweet tea spiked with antifreeze.
Minot Police arrested Kenoyer on Monday, October 30, 2023 on a charge of Class AA Murder. The victim's name has not been released.
During her initial appearance in district court yesterday, Judge Richard Hagar ordered she be held on $1M bond. As of this writing, she has not posted bond, and remains in custody at the Ward County Jail.
An arrest affidavit states that Kenoyer considered herself the victim's common law wife, and that he was due to come into a large inheritance. Kenoyer told police she believed this inheritance would amount to more than $30 million dollars. The arrest affidavit states Kenoyer became incensed when investigators informed her that North Dakota does not recognize common law marriage and she would not be entitled to any of the victim's inheritance.
Friends of the victim confirmed with investigators that the victim was going to receive a large inheritance, and they further stated that after receiving it, the victim planned to break up with Kenoyer.
On 9/3/23, the day he was to receive the inheritance, a witness says she saw Kenoyer throwing the victim's belongings out. Later that night, friends reported that the victim became seriously ill. He complained of severe stomach pain and feeling drunk, even though he had not consumed any alcohol.
While the friends urged the victim to seek medical attention, Kenoyer insisted he was suffering from heat stroke and needed to go home and rest.
The victim became gravely ill, was flown to a Bismarck hospital, and died two days later on 9/5/23. At that time, friends and family reported their concerns that Kenoyer had poisoned him with antifreeze.
After investigating those claims, evidence proved that the victim was indeed poisoned with ehtylene glycol- the primary ingredient in antifreeze. The arrest affidavit states that investigators believe Kenoyer put the poison in the victim's sweet tea
Read the full details of the evidence that led to Kenoyer's arrest below: