Laceyville woman charged with criminal solicitation to commit homicide
State police at Tunkhannock said Michelle Lee Parkhurst, 37, of RR1, Box 220-A, Laceyville, is accused of criminal solicitation to commit homicide.
Police said she was taken into custody at her residence on March 1 along Canal Street in Laceyville, Wyoming County, after a month-long investigation into the solicitation to commit homicide toward a Pennsylvania State Police confidential informant.
During the investigation, Parkhurst met with an undercover state trooper on different occasions where she wanted the informant killed for setting up her husband, Hugh Parkhurst, police said.
According to police, Hugh Parkhurst was recently arrested by the state police for delivery of a controlled substance. On March 1, Michelle Parkhurst again met with the undercover state trooper and gave him U.S. currency along with directions to the informant's residence and again expressed interest in wanting the informant killed, police said.
Michelle Parkhurst was charged with one count of criminal solicitation to commit homicide and two counts of criminal conspiracy to solicit the commission of homicide. She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge John Hovan, who set bail at $100,000. She was taken to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of bail. The Wyoming County District Attorney's office, the Troop "P" Tunkhannock Patrol Unit, and the Pennsylvania State Police Aviation Unit assisted.