Houston Co. Man Behind Bars After Ozark Murder Plot

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A plot to kill area leaders in Ozark has put one man behind bars and leaves authorities looking for answers.

Courtroom cases, pleas and threats unfortunately seem to be the case at the Dale County Courthouse.

Dale Co. Courthouse Employee Rebecca Bensena said, "It's very common to have defendants’ or clients that come through the court system that are not satisfied with their disposition or the outcomes of their hearings and sometimes they do tend to react in a violent manner."

Bensena has been working at the county courthouse for about six years and is not surprised to hear about the attempted murder plot against Judge Quadulbaum, Attorney Buddy Williams and other community members.

Sheriff Wally Olson said “We have an investigation going on with multiple agencies in reference to a conspiracy to commit murder for hire involving one of our circuit judges and our local attorneys and a couple private citizens."

Sheriff Olson says 35-year-old Andrew Garner was arrested Tuesday for conspiracy to commit murder.

Not much is being said about the case as it is still under investigation.

However, Olson says Garner is not the only individual involved in the plot and authorities are working to arrest others. "We have law enforcement officers that are threatened on a daily basis, but every threat you take serious and we have to provide safety to the public and that's what we're going to do," he said.

Olson says there is no word on how many others will be arrested in connection to the plot, but are working closely with other agencies to close the case.

As for Bensena, she says she is confident authorities will continue to keep her and her fellow employees safe.

Olson says Garner has a criminal history.

He is currently in the Dale County Jail without bond; however, he does have a bond hearing set for Tuesday.

Olson says Garner has had little criminal history; however, if convicted, he could face 10 years to life.

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