Trial of Brownville woman accused of murder-for-hire plot again delayed

Posted Nov. 12, 2013, at 12:11 p.m.
Wendy Farley of Brownville listens during her initial court appearance at the Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2012.
Wendy Farley of Brownville listens during her initial court appearance at the Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2012. Buy Photo

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Brownville woman accused of trying to hire a hitman to murder her husband last year has again had her trial delayed.

Wendy Farley, 47, was indicted in January for criminal solicitation, a Class A felony. Jury selection for her trial was set to begin in Piscataquis Superior Court on Tuesday morning, but she was granted a continuance.

“She decided to hire an attorney instead of using her court-appointed attorney,” Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said on Tuesday.

Her next court date will be in March so that her new attorney, Peter Rodway, will have time to review the case, Almy said.

Jury selection was initially set for July, but that was also postponed so a mental examination could be performed on Farley.

“She completed the mental exam and was found competent to stand trial,” said Almy.

Farley was arrested on Sept. 18, 2012, and has been in Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft since.

According to court documents, Farley offered a friend nicknamed “Mafia Mike” $3,000-$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.”

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 year.

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.

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