3 face trial in failed Westmoreland county death plot

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A Westmoreland County woman no longer in love with her husband conspired to kill him last month with help from her lover and another woman, Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Monday.

Kimberly Thompkins, 26, instead wanted a relationship with Robert Crosby, 24, and two days before Christmas, the pair along with Daryith Stevens, 18, hatched a plan, Mr. Peck said.

"Obviously that meant removing Adam Thompkins from the picture," he said.

The plan, however, was thwarted, and on Monday, the trio waived preliminary hearings on charges of attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and aggravated assault. West Newton District Judge Charles Christner Jr. also approved a motion by Mr. Peck to increase bond for each defendant from $100,000 to $250,000, citing Mr. Peck's statement that they admitted the plot to detectives and the overall seriousness of the crimes.

They remain in the Westmoreland County Prison.

The suspects had no comment while leaving the court. Their attorneys either wouldn't discuss details of the case or wouldn't comment, but all protested the bond increase, saying no additional evidence was introduced Monday.

All three defendants are listed as living at the same address -- a home on Eureka Hill Road in Jacobs Creek, a section of South Huntingdon, purchased by Mr. Thompkins two years ago.

They are accused of going to Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver on Christmas Eve morning intending to kill Mr. Thompkins, 29, burn his body and pull out his teeth so he could not be identified, police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

A park employee passing by saw two men, one later identified as Mr. Crosby, and the other a bloody Mr. Thompkins; Mr. Crosby told him Mr. Thompkins had fallen and they were going to take him to a hospital, police wrote.

Thinking the injured man might sue for a fall, the employee, Frank Backstrom, 52, called park police, who found Mr. Thompkins "covered in blood" from wounds to his head and unable to talk to police, according to the affidavit.

Mr. Thompkins was flown to Allegheny General Hospital and treated for cuts to his face, including one near his eye. He declined comment leaving court Monday.

Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede. First Published January 6, 2014 11:55 AM


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