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St. Louis County woman accused of arranging fiancé's murder 10 years ago

St. Louis County woman accused of arranging fiancé's murder 10 years ago

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY — A St. Louis County woman is facing federal charges accusing her of arranging the murder of her fiancé a decade ago.

Victoria R. Williams, 63, was charged by complaint in U.S. District Court in St. Louis last month with conspiracy to commit a murder for hire resulting in death.

Williams’ lawyer did not return messages seeking comment Thursday.

In an affidavit, an FBI special agent says Williams arranged the Oct. 5, 2011, murder of Charles Harris in hopes of receiving insurance money.

She would eventually receive a total of $400,000 and paid $110,000 to the wife of the man who helped her arrange the murder, the affidavit says.

The affidavit says Harris was fatally shot in the head and shoulder in his home in the 10500 block of Langford Drive in unincorporated St. Louis County near Castle Point.

Harris sold suits out of his home, and investigators believe he thought his killer was a customer. Williams communicated both before and after the murder with the men involved, the affidavit says. The Post-Dispatch is not naming them because they have not been charged.

Williams obtained $250,000 in accidental death insurance for Harris on Aug. 27, 2010, specifically asking if the policy would cover robbery and murder, the affidavit says.

The affidavit also accuses Williams of calling an insurance company after the murder but before the body was discovered by police. The next day, she called again but was told that she could not “initiate” a life insurance policy and Harris would have to do it, the affidavit says.

Williams eventually received most of the money from the $250,000 policy and $175,000 from a life insurance policy Harris had through his employer, but only after the companies dropped their objections to the payouts, the affidavit says. Part of the delay was because Williams was considered a suspect in the murder by St. Louis County police, the affidavit says.

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