Elizabeth Chagra, plotted to kill judge

Published Sept. 13, 1997|Updated Oct. 1, 2005

Elizabeth Chagra, who was serving a 30-year sentence for plotting to kill a federal judge in 1979, has died from complications of ovarian cancer. She was 43.

Mrs. Chagra, who was found to have the disease 3{ years ago, died Thursday at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, where she was transferred last week, said Cynthia McMahon, a spokeswoman for Federal Medical Center Carswell.

She was convicted of conspiracy in the assassination of U.S. District Judge John Wood in San Antonio. Her husband, Jimmy Chagra, and his brother, Joe, also were charged in the case.

Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson, was convicted of being the triggerman.

Mrs. Chagra was accused of delivering $250,000 to pay Harrelson.

Prosecutors said the three conspired to kill the judge, who was scheduled to preside at Jimmy Chagra's drug conspiracy trial. Wood was known as "Maximum John" for imposing the harshest sen-tences on drug dealers and smugglers.

Harrelson is serving a life sentence in Colorado. Joe Chagra pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy and served 6{ years before he was killed last December in an auto accident. Jimmy Chagra was acquitted of masterminding the murder but later sentenced to life in prison in another murder case.