SC man described as mastermind of murder-for-hire scheme

By Brandi Cummings - bio | email

BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - A Bishopville man is accused of offering his pickup truck as payment for a man's death in what Lee County deputies call a murder-for-hire case. Authorities say that was just one part of a 10-month plan involving the accused, his ex-wife and another man.

Wofford Webb, 31, is in jail, accused by Lee County deputies of being the mastermind behind a plot to kill two people. "It was going to be an interesting case and we knew that from the beginning," said Chief Deputy Tim Clavon.

Deputies say Webb was married to Julie Webb, but they got a divorce. Brian Crosby was married to Mary Crosby, but they also divorced. Deputies say Mary Crosby started dating Wofford Webb, and Brian Crosby started dating Julie Webb.

Deputies say Wofford Webb then tried to hire someone to kill his ex-wife and her new boyfriend. "We got an initial report from an individual who stated that he was approached about killing these other two individuals," said Clavon.

That man, who police don't want us to identify, told police about the conversation in August. At the time, they didn't have enough evidence to break the case. On Thursday, Mary Crosby told police about what her boyfriend, Wofford Webb, wanted to happen. "He had, in the past, told her if she could find someone to go ahead and find them and they would go from that point," said Clavon.

Clavon says a SLED agent acting as a hit man sent texts to Mary Crosby for her to inform Webb to set up the plan. Webb was arrested at his home the day the hit was to be carried out. "We're glad it played out the way it did," said Clavon.

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