Drug investigation uncovers murder for hire plot

Drug investigation uncovers murder for hire plot
By: Arnold Wyrick

UNION COUNTY, Il. --The toys scattered around the yard on Wing Hill Road in Union County are signs that children live in the home.  But police say the woman living there and her brother were doing much more then just occupying the home.
"These charges quiet frankly arise out of an undercover operation.  And the undercover operation really began on other issues," says Union County State's Attorney Allen James.
42-year old Valorie Spurlock, and her 40-year old brother face charges of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing methamphetamine.  And child endangerment charges.
"They had their girls in the home at the time of the alleged drug activity.  Bennett's 9-year old daughter, and Spurlock's 18 month old girl were found in the house," James said.
But the drug investigation revealed a surprise case that investigators weren't quite ready for, a murder for hire plot.
"Valorie hired an undercover police officer to kill her estranged husband Mark Spurlock.  She offered the officer a sum of money and a 4 wheeler valued at $5,000.00" James said.
So we've charged her with a Class X Felony of Solicitation of Murder for Hire.  That charge carries a 20 to 40 year sentence if she's found guilty.  Her bond is set at $250,000, and she was arrested Thursday morning.  Bennett's bond is set at $100,000.  They're both being held in the Union County Jail, awaiting their first appearance before a judge on Friday," James said.
Meanwhile the brother and sister's children have been placed in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.