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Trial to begin for woman accused in plot to kill husband

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A trial was slated to begin Wednesday for a woman who, Las Vegas police say, directed her brother and stepson to kill her estranged husband in a murder-for-hire plot.

Amy Pearson, 43, was ordered to stand trial on charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery with substantial bodily harm, conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

According to her arrest reports, Pearson was tied to a car-to-car shooting that took place in November 2012 on Interstate 15 that injured her husband, Robert Bessey.

Police identified Pearson's stepson, Michael Bessey, and her brother, Richard Pearson, as the two suspects involved in the shooting northeast of the Las Vegas Valley.

According to documents, investigators learned through family friends and relatives the shooting was a planned hit in order for Amy Pearson to benefit from a payout of his nearly $400,000 life insurance policy and Social Security benefits.

Police said the shooting followed another attempt at Robert Bessey's life, which involved a family friend. According to documents, the friend, Courtney Smith, gave Robert Bessey a Red Bull energy drink laced with arsenic in June 2012.

Documents said Amy Pearson paid Smith $50,000 in the plot.

Amy Pearson's arrest report mentioned she and her husband were going through a divorce at the time.

The jury trial for Amy Pearson was scheduled for 10 a.m. in Las Vegas Justice Court.

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