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."