Can a Spiked Drink Prompt a Crime Spree?

By Ephrat Livni, Esq. on June 23, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

When people are in custody they may say strange things to be released. But the defense presented at the bond hearing in a Georgia case this month really takes the cake. The accused says her drink was spiked at a Chick-fil-A and that this led to a crime spree ending in a murder charge, among others.

Kristie Renee Nesby, 43, was reportedly denied bond and will be held in custody awaiting resolution of the charges arising from her dramatic and deadly day. So watch what you drink and where, lest your beverage be spiked, as this is not a nice story and there is probably no happy ending written into Nesby's future.

The Spree

According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nesby, who is from Fresno, had a very bad day in Cobb County, Georgia in May. She says that her drink was spiked at a Chick-fil-A (no mention of what the poison might be in the AJC report) and that this prompted her to do what she did next.

For whatever reason, Nesby robbed a cleaning business, then drove into an elderly woman on the sidewalk in a stolen vehicle. She did not stop for the 71-year-old victim, who later died, but kept on driving. Next, the accused stole another car and made her way to Atlanta, where she wrecked the vehicle but remained determined. She ran down the street waving a gun, according to police. They arrested her as she was allegedly attempting to steal another car.

Proving the Case

In light of this series of crimes, Nesby was denied bond at the hearing this month. Her claim about the spiked drink seems wild but strange things do happen to drinks when people slip away. In February, also in the Atlanta area, a waitress was arrested for spiking a colleague's drink at the diner where they worked. Last month, in a restaurant in California, two women caught a man red-handed as he was spiking his date's drink. So it's possible that Nesby was somehow poisoned.

Proving this will be difficult, especially if she wasn't tested upon arrest which she probably was not. Toxicology results are currently pending. Evidence that the drink was spiked does not exempt her from criminal liability either, although it would be one more wild fact to consider in the case about that crazy day in May. Nesby is charged with murder, vehicular homicide, hit and run, aggravated assault (multiple counts), armed robbery, vehicle hijacking, reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane, according to local police.


If you have been accused of a crime, don't delay to speak to an attorney and get help with your defense. Many criminal defense attorneys consult for free or a minimal fee and will be happy to discuss your case.

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