Hit-man charge leads Putnam County Indictments
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Culloden woman was indicted on charges of attempting to hire a hit man to kill her former employer, who had allegedly not paid her for $700 worth of work, in one of 35 indictments returned by a Putnam County grand jury this week.
Gigi Lynn Hinchcliffe, 43, is accused of calling and texting a man numerous times about vantage points from which he could shoot Stephen Eric Bias, the co-owner of a construction company Hinchcliffe had worked for.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department and the FBI began investigating the case in May 2012 after the person who received the text messages came forward as a confidential informant.
In a phone call monitored by the FBI, Hinchcliffe told the informant that if he wore white clothes, he could shoot Bias from the water towers near where he worked without being seen.
Hinchcliffe was arrested last June and charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It only means a grand jury has ruled there is enough evidence of crime to merit a jury trial.
Other indictments include:
Jason W. Allen, Red House, grand larceny; Justin L. Brafford, Hurricane, first-degree robbery; Dwayne J. Brant, Winfield, uttering and exploitation; Jeffrey S. Childress, Hurricane, drug and conspiracy charges; Orville E. Cobb, III, Hurricane, drug and conspiracy charges; Michael A. Cozad, Hurricane, fleeing from police while driving intoxicated, DUI, violating a protective order and obstructing an officer; Bruce W. Cooper, Hurricane, embezzlement.
David A. Cunningham, Liberty, second-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse; David R. Davis, Jr., Tornado, drug charges; Michael V. Deleon, Hurricane, forgery, uttering and petit larceny; Robert G. Edmonds, Huntington, grand larceny; David D. Fields, Charleston, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering of a vehicle, other charges; Alex N. Foster, Milton, forgery, uttering, and conspiracy; Jared C. Hall, St. Albans, drug and conspiracy charges; Justin A. Hammond, Pliny, breaking and entering, petit larceny and uttering.
Lisa L. Hatfield, Hurricane, forgery, uttering and financial exploitation of an elderly person; Brittany K. Herdman, Leon, conspiracy, forgery, uttering; Dusty R. Hill, Mount Airy, N.C., conspiracy to commit forgery, conspiracy to commit uttering; Brian C. Hillabold, Scott Depot, forgery and uttering; Ryan C. Hilty, Nitro, DUI causing death, DUI causing injury, negligent homicide; Andrew D. Hodge, Charleston, attempted murder and wanton endangerment; Darrius W. Jacobs, Detroit, MI, drug charges; Kathryn E. Kelly, Red House, child neglect, DUI with a child in the car, DUI, possession of a controlled substance; Jacob B. Kerr, Cross Lanes, burglary and destruction of property; Jeremy B. Lane, Hurricane, uttering and conspiracy.
Jordan L. Laprad, Proctorville, OH, uttering; Antonio Marcilis, Detroit, MI, drug charges; Melissa J. Markham, Winfield, forgery, uttering and drug charges; Jeffrey M. Mattocks, Winfield, failure to provide notice of registration changes; Tammy E. McCoy, Sissonville, concealing a child; Erin L. Miller, Winfield, drug charges; Travis R. Noble, Scott Depot, drug and conspiracy charges; Craig O. Owens, Milton, drug charges; Jacob M. Pauley, Hurricane, drug charges and shoplifting; Timothy R. Reedy, Red House, second-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse.
Anthony D. Riffel, Hurricane, uttering; Jeffrey D. Riley, Jr., Pliny, drug charges; Charles A. Royer, Hurricane, drug charges; Jessica N. Searls, St. Albans, grand larceny; Chad R. Show, Scott Depot, drug charges; Kinda K. Simpson, Hurricane, forgery and identity theft; Cecil E. Steadman, Hurricane, drug charges, fleeing an officer, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving; Kelsea M. Stone, Cross Lanes, grand larceny and conspiracy; Christian G. Thornton, Red House, fleeing from an officer, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving without a license; James P. Warden, Milton, burglary and grand larceny; Matthew J. Wick, Scott Depot, drug and conspiracy charges; Joshua R. Withrow, Cross Lanes, grand larceny and conspiracy.