Arrest Made in Alleged "Murder for Hire" Plot in MOV

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

UPDATE: 10/01/09 6PM

The Wood County Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police have arrested a woman they believe is involved in a "murder for hire" plot.

Officials arrested Deatra Gunn-Halley Thursday afternoon in Wood County for allegedly hiring an undercover police officer, posing as a hit man, to kill her husband, Robert "Butch" Halley Jr.

A criminal complaint says Gunn-Halley agreed to pay $15,000 upon her husband's death and payment of his life insurance policy.

It also says Halley gave him her wedding ring as a down payment.

Sheriff Jeff Sandy says Halley's husband has been taken to a safe location.

"The West Virginia State Police and the Wood County Sheriff's Office met with him this (Thursday) afternoon and told him about the scheme and he is now in our custody and control," says Sheriff Jeff Sandy, Wood County.

Sheriff Sandy says the motive behind the hired hit could have been financial reasons.

The undercover officer is requesting a warrant for soliciting another to commit felony crime of violence.

Halley was arraigned Thursday afternoon and is being held on a $75,000 bond.
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A Mid-Ohio Valley woman is under arrest for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill her husband.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police arrested 63-year-old Deatra Dannell Gunn-Halley of 30th Street in Parkersburg.

Gunn-Halley was arraigned Monday afternoon in Wood County Magistrate Court. As of 5:00 pm Monday, she remained in custody on $75,000 dollars bond.

Gunn-Halley is accused of trying to hire a "hit-man" to kill her husband, Robert "Butch" Halley, Jr. Authorities say an undercover police officer was posing as the "hit-man" Gunn-Halley allegedly contacted.

According to a criminal complaint, Gunn-Halley agreed to pay the killer $15,000 dollars upon her husband's death from his life insurance policy.

Gunn-Halley also allegedly gave the undercover police officer her wedding ring as a down payment for killing her husband.


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