Woman tied to murder plot heads to court

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

GREENUP, Ky.— The trial of an Ironton woman accused of plotting murder is scheduled to begin next Monday in Greenup County, Ky., Circuit Court.

Beverly Clay, 36, of 605 Hecla St., is charged with complicity to attempted murder. She and another woman, Cynthia Rusk, 27, also of 605 Hecla St., are accused of trying to kill Clay’s husband, Donald Clay, of Lloyd, Ky., in November 2004.

“This is a class B felony so if she is convicted she could face 10-20 years in prison,” Greenup County Commonwealth’s Attorney Cliff Duvall said. “In Kentucky, because this is a violent crime, she must serve 85 percent of that before she can be considered for parole.”

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Rusk pleaded guilty to attempted murder and attempted burglary charges in August 2005 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each count. She is expected to testify against her alleged former cohort.

Greenup County authorities were called to Donald Clay’s residence to investigate what was originally thought to be a robbery during which a man had been shot. Donald Clay was found in his driveway with gunshots wounds to the face and chest. Rusk was arrested shortly thereafter near Donald Clay’s residence. The two women were later indicted on charges of conspiring to murder him.

Clay will appear in court Thursday for a pretrial conference. Her attorney, Michael Curtis, of Ashland, was not immediately available for comment.