DEXTER, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri pastor has been charged with enlisting his mistress and her husband in an unsuccessful plot to burn down his home and kill his wife.
Donald Lafferty, 69, was arrested Monday night by state police in North Andover, Massachusetts. The former Bloomfield school board member moved to Quechee, Vermont, after a January 2013 house fire that police say was arson.
The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that Lafferty enlisted Brandy Hicks, 33, of Dexter, and her husband, Chris, in a scheme to burn the house and collect insurance money. A court clerk in Stoddard County says none of the suspects have attorneys. The Hicks are jailed in Stoddard County; Lafferty is jailed in Massachusetts.
Brandy Hicks told a Stoddard County investigator that she and Lafferty started a sexual relationship after attending his church.
Lafferty also faces a felony charge of financial exploitation of the elderly in a case involving his 89-year-old mother.
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