A Houston attorney is facing charges for allegedly pouring pro-abortion drugs into his estranged wife’s drinks after learning of their third pregnancy — which he told her “would ruin his plans and make him look like an idiot.”
Mason Herring, 38, has been charged by a Harris County grand jury with two felonies, including assaulting a pregnant person, KTRK reported.
The lawyer, founder and managing partner of the Herring law firm, was also hit with a charge of “assault – forced abortion,” according to court documents.
He and his wife, Catherine Herring, separated earlier this year but had been working on their marriage and were attending a counseling center when she told him she was pregnant with their third child.
“To my knowledge, it was not well received by (Hering),” Assistant District Attorney Anthony Osso told the news outlet. “That came out through marriage counseling, and later through texting.”
Herring, who was then dating a colleague, told her the pregnancy would “ruin his plans and make him look like a jerk,” according to a affidavit cited by Law and Crime.
At the counselor’s suggestion, the couple spent spring break with their children in west Texas, where Catherine said he “started talking to her about her hydration” and said she needed to drink more.
On March 17, Mason stopped by to bring Catherine breakfast and asked if he could get her some water to put to bed, Osso said.
“He says, ‘If you don’t do this, I’m not going.’ She found it strange. She thought the water was cloudy. She questioned him a little bit, but still drank the water, and then he goes and takes this cup,” he told KTRK.
Mason reportedly told her the discoloration was the result of contamination in the cup or in the water lines.
Catherine then became seriously ill, developing cramps and heavy bleeding, and ended up in a hospital, according to Osso, who said doctors couldn’t figure out what was going on.
But she grew suspicious and began refusing his other drinks, including three containing “an unknown substance” and a bottle of orange juice with a broken seal, the Washington Post reported.
Catherine set up a camera in the house where Mason no longer lived.
On April 20, she invited two people to “witness” Mason’s visit, where he allegedly tried to get her a drink, even though she already had two drinks.
Catherine told investigators that she and her guests saw “an unknown substance” floating in the drink he gave her.
The next day, she also noticed a substance in a drink he had brought from a fast food joint, according to the affidavit.
“(On April 24) she checks the garbage cans and finds in the garbage can a drug called Cyrux, which contains misoprostol, a drug used to induce abortions,” Osso told KTRK.
Two days later, surveillance video showed Mason pouring a powdered substance into a glass while preparing another drink, he said.
Catherine contacted the police, who arrested Mason with a warrant at the airport after he arrived from Las Vegas. He was accused of assaulting a pregnant woman and inducing an abortion.
The second charge came into play after abortions were banned in the Lone Star State. It carries a prison sentence of two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
According to Osso, at least two out of six water samples Catherine kept contained misoprostol.
“It’s manipulative. It’s intentional. What we are accusing Mr Herring of, which we think the evidence supports, is quite a heinous act,” he told the broadcaster.
“To do that to someone who trusts you, you take advantage of that trust,” Osso added.
Mason’s attorney, Dan Cogdell, told KTRK in a statement, “We are aware that the grand jury dismissed these charges. Nonetheless, we very much look forward to our day in court and have every confidence that when the time comes to defend these allegations, we will prevail in court.”
Mason was released on $30,000 bail and will appear in court again on December 2.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/16/texas-lawyer-allegedly-slipped-abortion-drug-in-wifes-drink/ Lawyer Mason Herring is said to have slipped his wife an abortion drug