Woman Slain in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - Russell County authorities say two people, including the victim's mother, are in jail Monday each charged in connection with Thursday's murder of a 20-year-old woman.

Authorities said the woman was slain in an apparent murder-for-hire scheme.

Sheriff's investigators said the body of Stephanie Shea Graham of Phenix City was found just off Alabama 165 in the Cottonton area around midnight Thursday.

A sheriff's official said Kenneth Walton was arrested Saturday and Lisa Graham - are each charged with capital murder for hire.

Investigators allege that Lisa Graham hired Walton, who works for her husband.

The body was spotted by a Eufaula truck driver who notified authorities.

Authorities said Stephanie Graham was shot six times.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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