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Woman's Alleged Attempt To Hire Hitman Backfires
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jun. 1, 2012 6:08 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 6:26 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Police say a woman's plan to have a man in Teays Valley shot and killed backfired. Because instead of pulling the trigger, the alleged hitman pulled out of the deal and went to police.
It's a disturbing story. One that could have ended a lot worse.
Police say Gigi Lynn Hinchcliffe ordered a hit. And according to her criminal complaint, she called an out-of-state friend and hired him to kill a man who owed her $700.
"She had somebody she wanted killed because he owed her money," said Sheriff Mark Smith. "She was giving him information on how to get the job done."
The complaint also says Hinchcliffe made calls to the alleged gunman telling him where the man worked and where he could shoot and kill him.
The man she wanted to hire went to the FBI. They contacted Putnam County deputies and Sheriff Mark Smith says they had to act fast.
"If the guy that she contacted, contacted us and he's not getting the job done as quickly as she wanted it done, then she may to go to someone else. And that guy just may do it," said Smith.
An investigation was quickly able to uncover incriminating evidence and Hinchcliffe was arrested. Investigators believe she was going to pay for the murder by selling drugs for the hitman and giving him the profit.
But he didn't go for it. Instead, he went to police. Now, Hinchcliffe is going to jail.
But before, she tried to make one final deal with Magistrate Kylene Brown. "Can't you all just give me one of those little things that the dogs have and just go home and you all know where I am," asked Hinchcliffe.
An alleged conspiracy over a $700 debt that fortunately ended without anyone getting hurt.
"She could have contacted the right guy to get it done. But in this case she didn't," said Smith.
Hinchcliffe is being held on a $150,000 bond.
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