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UPDATE: Woman Accused in Murder for Hire Plot Pleads Guilty

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UPDATE 1/28/2014 5:35 PM

A Vienna woman accused of hiring someone in an attempt to murder her husband is changing her plea.

The defense of 41-year-old Amy Mayhugh accepted a plea agreement from the state Tuesday.

Mayhugh agrees to plead guilty to wanting to have her husband killed.

She originally entered a not guilty plea in November.

Investigators say it was part of a murder for hire plot, so Mayhugh could collect up to $400,000 in life insurance.

Tuesday an emotional Mayhugh admitted to those accusations.

"I conspired with another individual to have my husband killed and that I provided that person with money," she says.

Even though Mayhugh admits to arranging the killing of her husband.. Mr. Mayhugh says he wants to get back with his wife.

The judge then delayed a motion by the defense to allow the couple to begin seeing each other again.

Mayhugh's sentencing is set for April 3.


UPDATE 1/28/2014 4:05 PM

Through a plea agreement, Amy Mayhugh pleaded guilty Tuesday to solicitation to commit a felony crime of violence.

The judge accepted her plea.

Police say Mayhugh was looking to hire someone to kill her husband for the insurance money.

Her husband, Keith, stood in court Tuesday and said he still cares for her.

Her sentencing is set for April 3.


UPDATE 11/12/2013 5:00 PM

Not guilty.

That's the plea from a woman accused of hiring someone to kill her husband.

Amy Mayhugh was arraigned Tuesday morning in Wood County Circuit Court.

She was indicted last week for solicitation to commit a felony crime of violence.

That happened one day after her arrest.

Her trial is set for January 28th.
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UPDATE 11/7/2013 5:45 PM

A murder plot.

Parkersburg Police say Amy Mayhugh planned to have her husband killed.

"It was at the point where she was prepared to have this cooperating individual go out and find her somebody to kill her husband," says Parkersburg Police Sgt. Greg Collins.

An informant tells police she is ready to follow through.

Police say she paid the informant a Rolex watch and promised cash once he was dead.

But investigators were still skeptical.

Police then were able to record a conversation between Mayhugh and the informant.

"The only thing I can tell you is that we definitely believe that we got more than enough information from the recorded conversations to prove our case in court," says Sgt. Collins.

Police then arrested Mayhugh Thursday night.

"There was a statement taken from her from one point to the other where she admitted to preparing to perpetrate this crime," says Sgt. Collins.

Her motive - her husband's insurance policy.

Police say it could've been worth up to $400,000.

then police had to tell her husband about the plan.

"He was extremely distraught and I would describe him as being in total shock about it," says Sgt. Collins. "It was heartbreaking to see the way he received that information."

This is only the second murder for hire case that police can remember.

That woman from 2009 is serving 3 to 15 years.

Mayhugh was indicted late Thursday afternoon by the Wood County Grand Jury, charged with solicitation to commit a felony crime of violence.

Also indicted by the Grand Jury:

Era Corder, Gregory Stanley, and Shelly Berry were indicted for a felony charge of attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab.

They were arrested September 17th, after the discovery of a plastic bottle in a sanitation truck...with components believed to be part of a meth lab.

And David Weese was indicted by the grand jury on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of incest.

According to a criminal complaint, back on June 23rd, Weese assaulted a relative outside a business in the 1400 block of 7th street in Parkersburg.
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A Vienna woman is behind bars after police say she tried to have her husband killed.

Wrapping up an all day investigation, Parkersburg Police arrested 41-year-old Amy Yvonne Mayhugh of Vienna around 6 p.m. Monday.

Mayhugh was indicted late Thursday afternoon by the Wood County Grand Jury, charged with solicitation to commit a felony crime of violence.

Police say Mayhugh was looking to hire someone to kill her husband for the insurance money.

Recorded conversations with the cooperating individual and other evidence support the accusations, police say.

They say Mayhugh provided a Rolex watch as partial payment for having her husband killed.

She's charged with a felony count of solicitation to commit murder.


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