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Bonkowski waives preliminary examination, due back in court in January

A Central Michigan University student accused of poisoning a roommate following a dispute over dirty dishes has waived her preliminary examination.

Sterling Heights sophomore Kayla Bonkowski waived the examination scheduled for Thursday before Judge William Rush. She is expected to attend a pre-trial hearing in January.

Bonkowski, 19, allegedly put bleach in her 20-year-old roommate’s iced tea Nov. 7 at their apartment in Jamestown following an argument over dirty dishes, according to court documents.

After consuming the iced tea, Bonkowski’s roommate was taken to the hospital for treatment and later reported the incident to authorities.

On the same day, a petition was filed for a personal protection order against Bonkowski, by the victim, which was authorized by Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully and issued Dec. 3.

Todd Levitt, listed as Bonkowski’s attorney, and Scully were unavailable for comment Friday.

Bonkowski was previously charged with poisoning food/drink/medicine/water supply, a maximum 15-year felony.

As previously reported by Central Michigan Life, Bonkowski admitted she knew that poisoning her roommate’s iced tea was a “serious thing” but did it anyway because her roommate was “mean,” according to police.

Court records stated Bonkowski was only allowed to remain on campus for the remainder of the fall semester.

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