Sedalia woman wanted husband’s death to look like accident involving tree, police say


From left to right: Terry Johnson and Wendy McGinnis

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SEDALIA, Mo. — Pettis County prosecutors charged a Sedalia man and woman with conspiracy to commit murder in the 1st degree after police accuse them of trying to hire a confidential informant to kill the woman’s husband.

According to the probable cause statement, Wendy McGinnis, 43, and Terry Johnson, 45, told the informant that McGinnis’ husband had sexually assaulted McGinnis’ daughter years prior. She reportedly said she wanted him dead and would pay to have it done.

The informant told police that when meeting with McGinnis and Johnson, McGinnis mentioned a life insurance policy on her husband and reportedly said she would give someone half of it to kill her husband.

On May 12, 2016, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant met with McGinnis and said at first McGinnis said she only wanted her husband hurt. Later in the conversation, the sergeant said McGinnis changed her mind and wished to have her husband killed for $25,000.

“Throughout the conversation, McGinnis told Sergeant Davis she wanted the murder to appear as if it occurred accidentally. McGinnis described the property her husband lived on and drew a map of how to locate (his) trailer. McGinnis described where her husband cut firewood on his property and wanted the murder to appear as if a tree fell on top of him,” the probable cause statement said.


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