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From news release:

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that a Complaint was filed against TONIA RENE MULLINS, age 32 of Ada, Oklahoma, REGINA HERCULES, age 43, of Ada, Oklahoma and MICHAEL ANDREW CRAWFORD, age 26, on active duty with the United States Army.

The defendants are charged with Conspiracy and Use of Interstate Commerce Facilities in the Commission of Murder-For-Hire, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Sections, 371 and 1958.

"The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI)," stated U.S. Attorney Sperling.

"The affidavit underlying the federal complaint, asserts the following," U.S. Attorney Sperling reported.  "On September 4, 2008 the Ardmore Police Department notified the FBI of a report that Tonia Mullins was looking for a hitman to kill the wife of Michael Andrew Crawford.  Mullins and Crawford intended to buy a house together with $250,000 they anticipated collecting from the victim's life insurance policy.  Agents from the OSBI and FBI began an investigation.  That investigation included the use of consensual audio recordings and hidden video recordings.  During a series of phone calls and text messages, it became evident that Michael Crawford's aunt, Regina Hercules was also involved in the scheme to kill the victim."

"On September 12, 2008 an undercover agent with OSBI met with Mullins and Hercules and negotiated a price of $5,000.00 for killing the victim.  The agent later participated in a three way call with Mullins, Crawford and Hercules to confirm details of the deal.  On September 19, 2008 when Mullins and Crawford brought collateral to the undercover agent to ensure payment of the $5,000.00 they were arrested. Following their arrest Mullins and Hercules provided statements to the FBI acknowledging their involvement in the scheme and implicating Crawford.   Military authorities have been alerted so that Crawford may be brought back to the Eastern District of Oklahoma for judicial proceedings."

"A writ has been issued for both Mullins and Hercules, who are currently being held on state charges filed by Chris Ross, the District Attorney for Pontotoc County.  An initial appearance has been scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 10:00 a.m., before Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee.

"The statutory range of punishment is up to 10 years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000.00 in fines, with 3 years supervised release," stated U.S. Attorney Sperling.

"Assistant United States Attorney Gregory Dean Burris represents the government."