FBI Arrests Walnut Ridge Man in "Murder for Hire" Scheme

Reithemeyer (courtesy of Paragould P.D.)
Reithemeyer (courtesy of Paragould P.D.)

APRIL 29, 2005 - Posted at 3:21 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD, AR - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has foiled an apparent "murder for hire" scheme in which a Lawrence County man allegedly attempted to have his wife killed.

According to FBI Special Agent William Temple, 29-year-old Stuart Reithemeyer of rural Walnut Ridge was arrested last night in Paragould by special agents with the FBI and Arkansas State Police, and officers of the Paragould Police Department.  A Paragould P.D. spokesman says the arrest occured at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on West Kingshighway in Paragould.

Reithemeyer is currently incarcerated in the Greene County Jail in Paragould, and charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder, with bond set at $1 million.

The FBI says Reithemeyer's wife was the target of the conspiracy.  Authorities are not releasing the woman's name, per her request. Special agent Steven Frazier said "this is a continuing federal investigation into a murder for hire scheme, and federal charges will likely be filed in the near future."

Lawrence County prosecutor Clay Sloan told K8 News that Reithemeyer has two theft by receiving charges pending against him.  Meanwhile, Lawrence County Sheriff Dan Ellison declined to be specific, but said he was very familiar with the suspect.