Murder-for-hire plot uncovered

VIENNA – A Vienna woman was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly trying to hire someone to murder her husband, a Parkersburg police official said.

Amy Yvonne Mayhugh, 40, was arrested at her 918 16th St. home in Vienna by Parkersburg police detectives about 6 p.m. Wednesday without incident, after an all-day operation regarding an alleged murder-for-hire plot, said Sgt. Greg Collins of the Parkersburg Police Department.

Mayhugh was arraigned Wednesday night by Wood County Magistrate Robin Waters on a felony charge of solicitation to commit murder. Bond was set at $300,000 surety.

Mayhugh is in custody at the North Central Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing will be set at a later time.

After receiving information from a cooperating individual, police detectives began an investigation Wednesday that produced information indicating Amy Mayhugh wanted to have her husband, Keith Mayhugh, of the same address, killed for the purpose of collecting insurance money, Collins said.

Investigators were able to recover evidence and record conversations between the cooperating individual and Amy Mayhugh allegedly supporting those findings, Collins said.

A preliminary investigation showed the Mayhugh life insurance policy is between $300,000-$400,000, Collins said.

Amy Mayhugh provided the cooperating individual with a Rolex watch as partial payment for having her husband killed, Collins said.

For the husband’s safety, a state trooper went to Keith Mayhugh’s place of employment in Ritchie County to inform him of the charge against his wife, Collins said.

“He (Keith Mayhugh) was caught off-guard” by the information, Collins said.

Two Parkersburg police detectives interviewed Keith Mayhugh, who cooperated with officials, at police headquarters, Collins said. Mayhugh seemed “distraught” about the situation, Collins said.

Amy Mayhugh was processed at the Parkersburg Police Department on a felony charge of solicitation to commit murder, Collins said.

The Wood County Prosecutor’s Office was instrumental in this investigation, Collins said.