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Police Chief’s Wife Arrested In Alleged Murder-for-Hire Scheme

April 18, 1988

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) _ The wife of this city’s police chief has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill her husband.

Sheila Faircloth, wife of Police Chief Warren Faircloth, was charged by the U.S. Customs Service and the State Attorney’s Office with solicitation to commit first-degree murder, authorities said.

Mrs. Faircloth was arrested Friday, and the charges were revealed Saturday. No motive was known. Mrs. Faircloth was taken to the Bay County Jail in Panama City because the Franklin County Jail lacks facilities for female prisoners.

State Attorney Willie Meggs said customs officials had picked up on Mrs. Faircloth’s search for a contract killer and an agent called her up and suggested he was in the business.

″She was seeking someone to do the job, and we volunteered to do the job,″ said Meggs.

While authorities put the case together over the period of about a month, the customs agent and Mrs. Faircloth discussed specifics on the death plan.

Meggs said he understood that the hired killer was to be paid off with a percentage of the property and money the woman would get after her husband’s death.

Meggs said Faircloth didn’t know of his wife’s plans until authorities notified him Friday.

Meggs said he didn’t know what motive was behind Mrs. Faircloth’s plan.

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