Trio pleads not guilty in murder by hire plan Posted on November 4, 2016 0 HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A woman accused of arranging to have her estranged husband killed and a couple accused of being involved in the plot have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder in southwestern Ohio. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that 42-year-old Shelly Carter, of Madison Township, and the Middletown couple pleaded not guilty Thursday in Butler County court. Carter’s husband wasn’t hurt in the plot. Investigators say Carter’s would-be hit man contacted police. Middletown police have said Carter feared losing her home and custody of her children when she arranged to have her husband killed. They say she paid someone $500 to kill him in a car crash and promised another $500 and a car when the job was finished.