Police: Woman tried to pay son to kill husband

Annette Burnia (Source: St. Francois County Sheriff's Department)
Annette Burnia (Source: St. Francois County Sheriff's Department)

PARK HILLS, MO (KFVS) - Police arrested a Park Hills woman after police say she tried to get her son to kill her husband.

Annette Burnia, 38 is charged with Class A felony of attempted murder in the second degree.

Park Hills Detective Mike Kurtz says Burnia's family members say she was trying to hire someone to kill her husband.

Kurtz says family members told police she asked her juvenile son to kill his step-father, her husband.

According to court documents, family members said that Burnia wanted her son to shoot her husband with his .22 gun and that she would pay him half the insurance money and give him the truck. Her son said "No."  Burnia then told her son she would buy him a new gun, the truck, and half of the insurance money if he would do it, according to court documents. Her son again said no. According to the son, Burnia asked his girlfriend to kill her husband as well. Burnia even threatened to kill her and her unborn child if she told anyone, according to court documents.

The boy contacted police and arranged to have Burnia meet an informant who posed as a friend of the boy. During the conversation with his mom, he told her that he has a friend in Farmington that can kill her husband.

Kurtz says Burnia paid the informant $200 to kill her husband.  The officer took the money and then Burnia was arrested.

This stems from a two month long investigation that culminated on May 17. Burnia was arrested on May 18.

Burnia was taken to the St. Francois County Jail on $200,000 cash only bond.

Burnia was in court Tuesday morning at the St. Francois County Courthouse.  She was formally arraigned in which they enter a plea of not guilty. She applied for services for a public defender.

She has a counsel status hearing scheduled for June 21.

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