Murder-for-hire plot foiled in Kentucky

Murder-for-hire plot foiled in Kentucky


6 News Reporter

WHITLEY CITY, KY (WATE) – Authorities in Kentucky are trying to track down the people who posed as FBI agents in a murder for hire plot.

This story begins when investigators say a waitress, Regina Stephens, at Guthrie's Riverhouse in Somerset, KY, tells her co-worker, Timothy Prater, a bartender, she'll pay him $1,500 to kill a woman. But according to authorities, things did not go as planned.

Debbie Taylor, the woman Stephens hired Prater to murder was violently attacked outside her home by Prater and two other men.

"The three men were dressed in black, they stated they were FBI agents, and handcuffed and beat up Ms. Taylor. They used a stun gun on her," said Sheriff Gus Skinner. He said luckily neighbors intervened and saved Taylor.

Deputies were able to arrest Prater, but the other two men got away.

Prater told deputies he'd been hired by Stephens. But by the time they went searching for her in her home, it was too late.

"They found Stephens dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Skinner said.

Locals say Stephens was friends with Taylor's husband, but details of an exact motive may always remain a mystery to investigators.

"We'll probably never know because the person who knew the motive is no longer with us," Skinner explained.

The sheriff says they have good leads on the two men who got away after attacking Taylor.

They don't believe these men pose a threat to the public, and hope to have them arrested soon.

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