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No proof co-worker tainted Mountain Dew

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By Damon Lawrence

The case against the woman accused of poisoning her co-worker’s Mountain Dew in 2011 was dismissed Thursday morning in Roane County Criminal Court.
Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the state didn’t have any proof to substantiate the reckless endangerment charge against Ashley Nicole Carroll.
“We were never able to develop the identity of what the substance was alleged to be,” he said.
“There’s no proof at all, medical or otherwise, so it had to be nolle prossed” or dismissed.
Cheryl Lofton, the alleged victim, and Carroll were employed by Bechtel Jacobs as building service workers at East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge.
Carroll, who had a LaFollette address, was arrested on July 13, 2011.
According to the warrant, Carroll told another co-worker that she disliked Lofton and laced her Mountain Dew soft drink with a ready-to-use cleaner.
“We thought we were going to be able to develop what it was through medical testimony, but there just wasn’t any,” Reedy said.
“We followed every lead we had, and the proof was not there.”