Morgan County husband defends wife who allegedly wanted him dead

Published: Aug. 15, 2016 at 10:38 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2016 at 6:50 AM CDT
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HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - A strange twist was revealed in a murder-for-hire case in Morgan County Monday. A husband is trying to help his wife who's accused of wanting him dead.

Sarah Shepard is accused of paying an undercover cop to kill her husband, Richard Shepard. Hartselle police say faked his own death to help them charge her.

Shepard helped her attorney try to convince Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson to reduce her $500,000 bond on Monday.

"This is not something I have anything to compare to. I'm baffled," Thompson said.

Shepard told the judge that there isn't any way his wife could have devised the scheme without it being suggested to her by the undercover officer. He said she can hardly put together a weekly grocery list.

Her attorney, John Campbell, said she was entrapped.

Investigators say they first talked to her in April after a concerned citizen told them that Shepard openly talked about getting someone to kill her husband. On May 20, Hartselle police arrested her. Officers say she gave a down payment to the undercover officer to kill her husband.

Investigators say Hartselle police and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office worked with the husband to stage his death. The undercover officer showed faked photos to Shepard, telling her he'd killed her husband.

Thompson said he's inclined to consider reducing the bond. He told the defense attorney to refile a motion for a mental evaluation, and that if the grand jury indicts her, they'll move on from there.

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