Two charged for conspiracy to commit murder

Two charged for conspiracy to commit murder
Charles Murphy (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office)
Charles Murphy (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office)

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State Police arrested two Mississippi County residents for conspiring to commit murder.

Officers arrested Charles Wray Murphy, 49, and Susie Cockrell, 51, in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Cockrell's ex-husband, according to court documents.

Their arrests follow an investigation started by ASP in January, according to Bill Sadler, public information officer for ASP.

Special agents with ASP's Criminal Investigation Division reportedly found a rifle and ammunition, which resulted in the arrest of Murphy on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit murder.

He is being held in the Mississippi County Jail.

Sadler said Cockrell is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and furnishing a prohibited weapon to a felon.

She was released under a $500,000 bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Murphy and Cockrell approached a man and offered him $10,000 to kill Cockrell's ex-husband. Cockrell also purchased an SKS rifle while in Murphy's company.

Murphy, a felon, is not allowed to handle firearms.

The court document also stated that Lepanto Police Chief Chad Henderson interviewed the man approached by Murphy. He told Henderson that he was offered $10,000 to "do something to him and his car lot" and that Murphy "tried to bribe him with the SKS as payment".

Both are due in court Feb. 29 for plea and arraignment.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington said the case file will be reviewed to determine the filing of formal charges once state police finish their investigation.

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