Two Ironton women indicted for murder plot

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 20, 2005

It sounds like the plot of a made-for-television movie.

Two Ironton area women were indicted last week by a Greenup County, Ky., grand jury in connection with a scheme to murder the estranged husband of one of those women.

Cynthia Rusk, 26, of 605 Hecla St., was indicted on one count of criminal attempt to commit murder and one count of first-degree burglary.

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Beverly Clay, 35, also of 605 Hecla St., was indicted on one count of criminal attempt to commit murder.

According to the indictments, Clay allegedly "solicited, counseled and engaged in a conspiracy with another person in the planning and commission of the attempted murder of Donald Clay."

Rusk, the "other person," is accused of "knowingly and unlawfully entering or remaining in a building owned by Donald Clay, while armed with a deadly weapon, with the intent to commit a crime… and causing physical injury to Donald Clay."

Greenup County Sheriff's deputies were called to Donald Clay's Lloyd, Ky., residence in late November 2004 to investigate a robbery and shooting.

Clay was found on the driveway outside the house with one gunshot wound to the face and one to the chest. He was later treated and released.

Rusk was located a short distance away from the residence, allegedly attempting to flee the scene. She remains in the Greenup County Jail.

A spokeswoman for the Greenup County Circuit Clerk's Office said the women may be arraigned as early as Thursday before Greenup County Circuit Judge Lewis Nichols.