A 42-year old woman from Salley, South Carolina, pled guilty to an indictment charging her with hiring a man to murder her estranged husband and his son.
According to an FBI agent’s testimony, Judy W. Dickson agreed to pay her boyfriend a large sum of money, plus expenses, to burn her estranged husband’s home while he and his son slept inside. Her boyfriend, David Hutto agreed to carry out the plan, but alerted the victim instead and later went to the FBI.
Three calls were taped to Dickson where she discussed the plans to kill her husband including starting a fire in the crawl space of Dickson’s home with pine straw and gasoline.
According to the FBI, Dickson was concerned about her divorce settlement and wanted the proceeds of her husband’s life insurance policy. Dickson will remain in custody awaiting sentencing and faces a maximum possible sentence of ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.