A Texas woman was arrested this past week after allegedly sending bombs to both former President Barack Obama and Texas Governor Greg Abbott that prosecutors say could have either maimed or killed them.
CBS News reported that court documents say that Julia Poff, 46, was indicted earlier this month on six counts for allegedly mailing the bombs in October 2016, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure.
The package that was sent to Obama was intercepted in screening, but Abbott ended up opening his himself. Luckily, his bomb did not explode, but the indictment says that if it had, it would have caused “severe burns and death.”
Police were able to track down Poff from an obliterated shipping label on the package sent Abbott. In addition, a cat hair found under the shipping label of the package sent to Obama matched one of Poff’s cats. The indictment adds that the device contained a cellphone, a cigarette package and a Ken’s salad dressing cap which were also linked to Poff, and witnesses said she bought the dressing for an anniversary dinner.
When questioned by police, Poff said she didn’t like Obama and was upset with Gov. Abbott because “she had not received support from her ex-husband.” She has also been accused of mailing an explosive device to the Social Security Administration in Maryland and allegedly said she had applied for social security benefits but didn’t receive them.
Poff is being held at the Houston federal detention center. Her attorney has declined requests to speak to the media.