Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

August 16, 2013

More details in murder for hire case emerge

Bill Grimes
Daily News

---- — TUSCOLA — A rural Teutopolis woman accused of soliciting to have someone murdered made a court appearance Friday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Inman, who turns 31 later this month, is charged with solitication of murder for hire. In a probable cause affidavit filed by Douglas County State's Attorney Kevin Nolan, Inman is accused of meeting the would-be hit man on Aug. 7 and giving him $5,000 to kill 50-year-old Louis J. Thursh, who shares a son with Inman.

The affidavit also states that Inman gave her contact a backpack containing items "to commit and conceal the murder," including gel shoe soles to glue to his shoes, glue, blue latex gloves, a black skull cap, a Gerber knife, mace, a digital camera, a cellphone, handwritten maps of the interior of Thursh's home, pictures of Thursh and computer maps of his house and neighborhood.

Police said she admitted handing over the money and backpack to the would-be hit man.

Inman made a brief appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Friday, where Judge Michael Carroll read the charge against her and assigned Public Defender James Lee to represent her after finding that she was indigent.

The case is next set for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4, according to online court records. Inman remains in jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Inman faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years if convicted on the solicitation charge.