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Trial of woman charged with hiring hitman to kill husband starts Thursday

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
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.
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The jury trial of the Brownville woman accused of trying to hire a hitman to murder her husband 18 months ago is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Piscataquis County Courthouse, according to the district attorney’s office.

Wendy Farley, 47, was indicted in January 2013 by the Piscataquis County grand jury for criminal solicitation, a Class A felony. Her trial, originally scheduled to be held in November, was delayed after she changed attorneys.

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 in November.

Farley was arrested on Sept. 18, 2012, according to a previously published report. She was released on $10,000 cash bail on Nov. 9, 2012, according to the Piscataquis County clerk’s office.

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 the suggestion of police 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 was 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 in 2012.

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.

If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up $50,000.



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