- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) - A 34-year-old woman arranged with a friend she knew since childhood to kill her husband so she could collect $250,000 in life insurance, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said.

Shane Williams, 38, was shot to death around 3:45 a.m. Jan. 26 in his Easley home. His wife called 911 and told deputies she and her 10-year-old son were asleep when they heard gunshots.

But deputies looked over Crystal Gail Williams cellphone and found a number of messages between her and 35-year-old Marcus Johnson discussing what she might pay him to kill her husband of 14 years, Clark said.

Johnson and Williams were charged with murder Wednesday. It wasn’t known if they had lawyers.

Deputies spent nearly two weeks collecting evidence before their investigation culminated Wednesday with an interview with Williams. She confessed to the plot and told officers who fired the shots that night, Clark said.

Clark refused to say how much Williams planned to pay to have her husband killed. The suspects knew each other since grade school, but there is no evidence showing they were romantically involved, the sheriff said.

Johnson came to the couple’s home the night of the killing and Williams let him in. While he sat in the living room, Williams told her husband more wood was needed on their fire. Johnson shot Shane Williams three times as he walked into the room, according to arrest warrants.

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