JONESBORO, Arkansas — A new judge has been assigned to the murder trial of a Jonesboro woman charged in a plot to kill her husband.
Prosecutor Scott Ellington told The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/15zMrge ) that Circuit Judge Victor Hill will replace Judge Lee Fergus for the trial of 34-year-old Michelle Despain. A reason for the change was not given.
Despain allegedly hired a man to kill her husband — Marc Despain — who was shot to death in the couple's home in August 2011. Three others charged in the case include Michelle Despain's father — Carl Kelley. The three have each pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison.
An attorney for Michelle Despain did not immediately return an after-hours phone call seeking comment.
Ellington says the change in judges means Despain's scheduled June 17 trial will be postponed.
Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com