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Culloden woman tried to hire hit man, police say

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Culloden woman was arrested Friday after police say she tried to hire someone to kill a man who owed her about $700.

A confidential informant told police that Gigi Lynn Hinchcliffe, 43, had called and texted him numerous times regarding vantage points from where he could shoot Steven Eric Bias, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court.

Hinchcliffe mailed the informant photographs and two hand-drawn maps of the Teays Valley area showing where Bias worked and where to shoot him, according to the complaint.

The informant told police Hinchcliffe offered to sell drugs for him as payment for the job. He also told police she wanted him to recommend someone else in the area that could "get the job done for her if he was unable to," the complaint states.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly monitored one call in which Hinchcliffe tells the informant that if Bias was wearing white clothes he could be seen and shot from water towers behind where he works.

Hinchcliffe has been charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder.

According to her public Facebook page, Hinchcliffe is married, has an 11-year-old son, graduated from Hurricane High School in 1987 and studied at West Virginia State University.

Putnam County Sheriff's Detective Shawn Johnson and FBI agents started investigating the case after the informant came forward around May 1, according to the complaint.

Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith said cases like this have to be investigated swiftly.

"You have to get your information together, but you can't drag your feet," Smith said. "It's possible she'd get tired of waiting on the guy who she initially contacted and get someone else to do it before you finish the investigation."

Hinchcliffe is being held in the Western Regional Jail on $150,000 bail.

Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com or 304-347-1723.


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