Woman arrested for conspiracy to commit murder

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Barbara Murphy

The Clay County Sheriff's Department arrested Barbara Murphy, 74, Terre Haute, Tuesday for Conspiracy to Commit Murder, a Class A felony.

Murphy's son, Dale, 53, North Meridian St., Brazil, was arrested on Dec. 17, by the Sheriff's Department and charged with Child Molesting, Sexual Misconduct with a Minor and Sexual Battery.

According to information received from the Sheriff's Department, detectives received information earlier in the month that Dale and Barbara were allegedly soliciting an individual to kill the alleged victim of the sex offense in order to prevent the victim from testifying against Dale at trial.

Dale Murphy

While incarcerated, Dale and his mother communicated with one another during jail visits, telephone calls and by mail. It was during these communications that the two allegedly formulated their plan to have the victim killed.

Chief Deputy Rob Gambill spoke with The Brazil Times about the charges and said that inmates at the Clay County Justice Center know their communication with visitors is being monitored.

"Phone calls are definitely monitored," Gambill said, "and the inmates and callers are made aware of that fact."

According to reports, Dale, while incarcerated at the Justice Center, allegedly directed a third party to make contact with his mother to further plan the murder.

Gambill said the third party who was approached by the Murphys regarding the alleged conspiracy to commit murder, contacted the Sheriff's Department with the information they had received from the Murphys.

The third party's identity has not yet been made public, but Gambill stated the person involved had no intent of helping the Murphys carry out their plan.

"The third party was not interested in helping them," Gambill said.

When the Sheriff's Department began investigating the allegations, detectives immediately went to work to make sure the victim was safe.

"Our first concern was making sure the victim was safe and that nothing had been done to harm them," Gambill said. "We monitored the situation night and day, but we couldn't rush into making an arrest. We had to make sure there was a true intent to murder."

Case reports have been sent to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office asking that Dale Murphy also be charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

Both Dale and Barbara are being held in the Clay County Justice Center on $50,000 bond each, cash only.

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  • (Public Defender) "Now I ask you, do you seriously think that these two fine upstanding citizens would actually make statements like the alleged third-party person claims were made? This is just an opportunity for this person to get a reduced sentence on his/her own case. I mean, who on earth would make these type of statements knowing that each and every call/visit was being closely monitored? Surely, Jurors.. can't you see this was all in jest. They were just passing time while visiting."

    (Presiding Judge)"HaHa" *backslap* "Sure. Case dismissed. Now, let go get a drink."

    -- Posted by My Dime on Wed, May 29, 2013, at 7:13 PM
  • Fine job of raising your son, lady .. may you both rot in jail for eternity. THAT is what you deserve.


    -- Posted by Emmes on Thu, May 30, 2013, at 12:08 PM
  • Disgusting!!! I hope you both rot and never see the light of day again...and I hope your fellow prisoners are made aware of your charges...then sure and swift punishment of the real kind will begin!

    -- Posted by grandmajessi on Thu, May 30, 2013, at 12:19 PM
  • Just wanted to make sure that people know that that set of Murphys are NOT related to me or any of my family.

    -- Posted by willylee1961 on Mon, Jun 3, 2013, at 6:51 PM
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