Plea from WA man accused of shooting girlfriend

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington man accused of fixing his girlfriend a cup of acetaminophen-laced peppermint tea and shooting her in the head as she slept has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder.

Michael T. Boswell of Yacolt was arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court in Vancouver after he was found mentally competent for trial.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/jFU42i ) that 25-year-old Jessica Fix was able to drive herself to get aid after she was shot with a .22-caliber revolver on Nov. 14. Deputies have said her injuries were not life-threatening. However, court documents say doctors treating her gunshot wound found liver damage because of very high levels of the painkiller, which Fix says she never took. Sheriff's detectives say she did recall Boswell fixing her a cup of peppermint tea before she fell asleep on the night she was shot.

Court documents say Boswell told detectives he tried to commit suicide as he lay beside Fix but the gun went off accidentally.

Boswell was evaluated at Western State Hospital at the request of defense lawyer Suzan Clark.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com