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Three arrested in conspiracy to kill Hernando woman's husband

Jessy Ann Fuston is charged, along with two others.

Jessy Ann Fuston is charged, along with two others.

BROOKSVILLE — Deputies say Jessy Ann Fuston wanted her husband dead.

Angry for what she claims were years of abuse by the man she married, she told Hernando County sheriff's detectives about the scheme after she and a pair of accomplices were arrested Wednesday on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Though some details are incomplete because deputies are still investigating, arrest affidavits paint a chilling picture of a thoroughly planned murder for hire.

According to reports, Fuston, 29, approached an unidentified person and asked for money to hire someone to kill her husband, Charley Steve Fuston, 36. She said her boyfriend, Nathan McKee, 30, would be able to find someone to commit the murder.

They found that person in Antwon Walton, a friend of Jessy Ann Fuston and McKee.

The couple said proof of the murder could be made through photographs — or possibly a body part. They talked about the weapon that would be used — an AK-47 fitted with a silencer. They talked about the time and place where it would go down — a child custody exchange set to happen today.

On May 30, Fuston and Walton went to a child custody exchange between husband and wife. Walton, deputies say, went along to see what the man looked like.

Charley Fuston told deputies he saw Walton staring at him during the exchange.

On Wednesday, the trio of conspirators met at a location on Cortez Boulevard to hone their plans. At this meeting, which was caught on video and audio, Jessy Ann Fuston said she wanted her husband dead and talked about ways it could be done. The others also discussed their part in the plan and a small amount of cash was exchanged.

The three were then arrested.

After being read her Miranda rights, Jessy Ann Fuston admitted her involvement, according to the arrest report.

She also said McKee contacted Walton to kill her husband.

McKee said the murder was Fuston's idea.

All three were being held Thursday evening at the Hernando County Detention Center on $150,000 bail.

Hernando County court records show that trouble between Fuston and her husband began brewing in August when she filed for a domestic violence restraining order against him. Later that month, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor contempt of court. After entering a no-contest plea, he received six months of probation and signed an order prohibiting contact with his wife.

Charley Fuston's attorney, Jimmy Brown, said that despite the couple's stated agreement to try to work out their differences, Jessy Ann Fuston continued to file complaints against his client. She reported violations of the court order in September and again in November, when she also filed a criminal complaint of aggravated stalking that prosecutors chose to act upon.

The two misdemeanor complaints for violating his court order were eventually dismissed.

However, Brown said that the dispute deepened. Charley Fuston agreed to a shared custody arrangement for their young child and followed all of the conditions of his probation.

"This guy was doing his best to keep things amicable and civil because they had a child together," Brown said. "He goes from a normal guy to being looked at as a criminal."

Times staff writer Kathryn Varn contributed to this report. Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. Follow @HernandoTimes on Twitter.

Three arrested in conspiracy to kill Hernando woman's husband 06/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:08pm]
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