The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 29, 2014

Wife arrested in 2009 death of her husband

Teresa Kotomski has been accused of poisoning 65-year-old Raymond Kotomski

By STACY MILLBERG - smillberg@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — A 54-year-old woman was arrested early Friday morning and charged in the 2009 poisoning death of her husband.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Teresa Kotomski, at her home, on a secret indictment.

She was indicted Wednesday on one count of murder and one count of contaminating a substance for human consumption, according to court records.

Kotomski was booked at the Ashtabula County Jail, but then transferred to the Geauga County Jail where she will be held until her arraignment, said Ashtabula County Sheriff William Johnson.

She is accused of killing her 65-year-old husband Raymond Kotomski, who died Aug. 16, 2009, several days after he was found unconscious in his Pierpont Township home. An autopsy found he had died as a result of complications from ethylene glycol toxicity.

“Ethylene glycol is most commonly found in antifreeze, and in looking at the evidence gathered in connection with this case, we do not believe the victim purposely ingested the substance,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement. “Officers and prosecutors have put a tremendous amount of work into this investigation and they should be commended for the hard work and dedication that has lead to the grand jury returning this indictment.”

The nature of Raymond Kotomski’s death was never made public by the sheriff’s office until 2012 when BCI launched a new initiative aimed at solving cold cases.

According to a Sept. 28, 2012 Star Beacon article, a family member found Raymond Kotomski on the floor of his Hammonds Corners Road home on Aug. 13. He died three days later at a Pennsylvania hospital.

His death was eventually ruled a homicide in 2012 when new evidence surfaced. It is unknown how the anti-freeze may have been administered and officials have not provided a possible motive for the crime.

According to the 2012 article, Raymond Kotomski was a father, grandfather and former police officer who worked in the Pittsburgh area before moving to Ashtabula County.