Aiken woman accused in scheme

COLUMBIA - An Aiken woman is accused of hiring a man to murder her estranged husband and his son in their North Carolina home.

U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins says 42-year-old Judy Dickson of Salley was arrested today and accused of paying a man $10,000 to burn down a house in Shallotte, N.C., while Raymon Dickson and his son, Ryan Dickson, slept inside.

Authorities say Ms. Dickson told the man she wanted to collect her husband's life insurance, which she said would be double if his death looked like an accident.

Mr. Wilkins says the man told Ms. Dickson he would burn down the house but alerted authorities instead.

Dickson, who has not posted her $250,000 bond, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing next week. Her attorney didn't respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

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