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Feb 13, 2013 12:07 PM

Two More Arrests Made In McCreary County Murder For Hire Plot

Police in Pulaski County said Wednesday that two more arrests have been made in a McCreary County murder-for-hire plot.

The Pulaski County Sheriffs Office, assisted by the United States Marshal Service, arrested Antonio A. Turner, 21, of Somerset and Joseph Denning, 19, of Somerset. Both men have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree complicity to commit robbery and unlawful imprisonment.

One of the people involved in the alleged crime, Timothy Prater, 30, was arrested last Friday by Kentucky State Police. Prater told police during his interview that he was paid $1,500 to kill Debbie Taylor of Pine Knot.

The woman believed to be behind the murder-for-hire plot, Regina Stephens of Pine Knot, was found dead in her home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound when police went to serve an arrest warrant for her on Friday

According to the citation report, Prater and two other men, believed to be Turner and Denning, approached Taylor at her home around 5:30 a.m. Thursday and identified themselves as FBI agents.

The men handcuffed her, assaulted her and used a stun gun, said police, who added that Taylor would have likely been killed had it not been for neighbors who responded to the commotion.

The men left the scene after neighbors refused to leave, investigators said.

Police told LEX 18 this was not a random crime but a targeted attempt. They said Stephens and Prater knew each other from working at a Pulaski County restaurant.

Police would not comment on a motive but said Stephens knew Taylor's husband.

Turner and Denning are being held in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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