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Originally published Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Suspect captured in Kirkland poisoning death

A jilted woman who Kirkland police say took revenge on her ex-boyfriend and another woman by giving them shots of Jägermeister laced with poison is facing extradition to the U.S. after being on the run for two years.

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A jilted woman who Kirkland police say took revenge on her ex-boyfriend and another woman by giving them shots of Jägermeister laced with poison is facing extradition to the U.S. after being on the run for two years.

Law-enforcement authorities in London arrested Janjira "Jenny" Jeffery Smith on Thursday after she flew in from Geneva, said the U.S. Marshals Service.

Smith had a detention hearing in London on Friday and faces formal extradition proceedings to return her to King County, according to Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Lanier.

According to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court more than two years ago, 56-year-old Roger Lewis had broken up with Smith after living with her for 18 months. According to court documents, Smith "reportedly did not receive this news well."

Lewis told Smith, 53, he'd met a woman while traveling in the Philippines and he intended to marry her, police said.

"Smith said that Lewis did not want to have anything to do with her," police wrote in charging documents.

After trying repeatedly to lure Lewis back to her, Smith learned that Lewis and Thanyarat "Nina" Sengpharaghanh had made a date for dinner and a movie on Oct. 6, 2006, police said.

Smith called Sengpharaghanh that day and told her Jägermeister was Lewis' favorite drink and said she would be sending a bottle over, police and prosecutors allege.

Smith had a male friend deliver the bottle to Sengpharaghanh.

When Sengpharaghanh mentioned to another woman that Smith had "graciously" provided the bottle of Jägermeister, the friend warned "that she should not drink the bottle because it was probably poisoned," court documents allege.

Sengpharaghanh was uncertain about whether to believe the warning, according to court documents, but she decided to provide Lewis with a shot because "Smith had told her to make sure Lewis drank the 'Whiskey' before they went out, in order to make Lewis happy."

Both drank the poisoned herbal liqueur, according to police.

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Lewis was found dead the next morning in Sengpharaghanh's downtown Kirkland condominium. Sengpharaghanh suffered a stroke and was temporarily blinded by the poison, but she made a full recovery, court documents say.

The bottle from Smith was sent to the State Patrol Toxicology Laboratory for testing, and the lab reported finding the restricted and highly toxic insecticide Methomyl.

Smith was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault, but she fled to her native Thailand before she could be arrested, according to the Marshals Service.

Lanier, of the Marshals Service, said Smith may have been going to England to avoid capture.

"It is unknown why Smith was traveling to England, but within the past few months we have come very close to apprehending Smith in Thailand, and she may have been attempting to flee Thailand in order to avoid apprehension on this charge," he said.

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.com

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