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Woman accused of trying to hire hit man given time to hire lawyer

By Staff reports

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The preliminary hearing for a Culloden woman accused of trying to hire a man to kill her former employer over $700 has been continued until she can find an attorney.

Gigi Lynn Hinchcliffe, 43, doesn't qualify for a public defender, Putnam Magistrate Kim Blair told her Tuesday.

Blenda Conn of Scott Depot, who is Hinchcliffe's mother, told Blair she had scheduled an appointment to meet later Tuesday with Shawn Bayliss, a Hurricane attorney.

Police say a confidential informant told them Hinchcliffe called and texted him numerous times regarding vantage points from where he could shoot Stephen Eric Bias, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court.

Hinchcliffe was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit attempted murder. She is being held at the Western Regional Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Putnam County Sheriff's Detective Shawn Johnson said Monday that Hinchcliffe worked for a construction company owned by Bias and his mother.

Hinchcliffe apparently had not been paid for $700 worth of work.

According to police, Hinchcliffe mailed a man photographs and two hand-drawn maps of the Teays Valley area, showing where Bias worked and where to shoot him.

The man 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.

In a phone call monitored by the FBI, Hinchcliffe reportedly told the man that, if he wore white clothes, he could shoot Bias unseen from the water towers behind where Bias works.


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