Man to Plead Guilty in Puffer Fish Poisoning

Edward Bachner is accused of trying to poison his wife in 2008 with puffer fish poison

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    A man accused of trying to poison his wife in 2008 with puffer fish poison plans to change his plea to guilty Tuesday in court.

    Edward Bachner, 38 of Lake in the Hills, was arrested June 30, 2008, after arriving at a UPS office to pick up the poisonous tetrodotoxin, according to the Daily Herald.

    Bachner had allegedly taken on the fake name of Edmond Backer and made up a fake research company to obtain the poison. He allegedly purchased the tetrodotoxin, which is 1,000 times deadlier than cyanide, to kill his wife Rebecca and obtain millions in insurance money.

    In a raid of Bachner's home, police also found a handgun, 50 knives, five garrotes and a fake CIA badge.

    Bachner originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, which could land him a life sentence in prison. He has been held since 2008 in lieu of bail as a plea agreement is being negotiated, and will appear in court Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.