DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The trial of a Brownville woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband has been delayed so that she can undergo a mental examination, according to Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.
Wendy S. Farley, who turns 47 on Saturday, was arrested in September on a charge of criminal solicitation for murder, a Class A felony. She was indicted on the charge by a grand jury in January.
Jury selection for her trial was scheduled to begin on July 8 in Piscataquis County Superior Court, but has been postponed.
“The defense attorney on Monday filed a request for a mental examination,” Almy said on Tuesday. “She has to undergo evaluation at the state forensic service. We have to wait for results on that before anything happens in the case.”
The evaluation will determine if she is competent to stand trial.
According to court documents, Farley offered a friend nicknamed “Mafia Mike” $3,000 to $10,000 to find someone to kill her husband, Luther “Rusty” Farley. The couple has 13 children together and have been married for more than 30 years.
The man she approached, Michael Anderson of Milo, secretly recorded at police suggestion Farley saying she wanted her husband shot dead with a typical .30-30 hunting rifle — “nothing fancy, nothing stupid, nothing traceable” — and that she wanted the deed done by the end of the month, according to the affidavit.
“A straight hit, that’s what I want,” Farley, 46, is recorded telling Anderson, according to the affidavit. “One shot — drop him.”
“I think the evidence is pretty overwhelming,” Almy said on Tuesday. “I think she’s realizing she doesn’t have much of a defense.”
Almy previously said that there is no evidence that Luther Farley abused his wife.
“The evidence that we have at this point doesn’t point to any domestic violence issues,” Almy said last September.
Wendy Farley told Anderson that some of the adult children had moved out of their home at New Morning Farm on Russell Road to escape his strictness and complaining, according to court documents.
She has been held in Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft since her arrest.
In October, a judge ruled that Farley would be allowed to have supervised contact with her minor children if accompanied by one of her adult children and the children have permission from their father.
The Class A charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years and a fine of up to $50,000.