- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Northeastern Arkansas police have arrested and charged a woman they said attempted to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband.

But the attorney for 41-year-old Joy Deason-Werner argued Thursday in Craighead County court that she should be released from jail because she’s in poor health, The Jonesboro Sun (https://bit.ly/1cBWlm9 ) reported.

Deason-Werner has had several back surgeries and hasn’t been taking several medications since her arrest, said attorney Randel Miller. She was arrested Wednesday and is charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder.

“Keeping her locked up will put her health at risk,” Miller said.

District Judge Keith Blackman said he would consider reducing Deason-Werner’s $100,000 bond if Miller could provide proof from medical professionals about her health issues.

Police said they learned late last month that Deason-Werner was searching for someone to help kill her ex-husband. A possible motive wasn’t mentioned in a probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit said Deason-Werner met Monday with an undercover investigator, telling him the name of her ex-husband and where he lived. The officer asked in the meeting that was recorded on video if she “wanted this to be an open or closed casket funeral and she stated it did not matter,” said detective Vic Brooks of the Jonesboro Police Department in the affidavit.

She’s scheduled to appear again in court on June 29.


Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com



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