A Sebastian County woman was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit capital murder.
Mary Byers-Diaz will be arraigned Wednesday on the class A felony charge that she allegedly trued to convince her handyman to kill her husband in exchange for payment. Byers-Diaz is being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.
According to an affidavit for warrant of arrest released Monday by the Sebastian County prosecuting attorney, the handyman contacted local law enforcement Sept. 5 and then agreed to wear an audio and video recording device to discuss the actions with Byers-Diaz.
"During that discussion, it was agreed that the handyman would stun the victim with a stun gun, break his neck, and then place him in a simulated car crash," the affidavit states.
For his efforts, the handyman would be given a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe and other property, the affidavit adds. The handyman left with a signed title to the Tahoe after the meeting with Byers-Diaz.
“At the end of the discussion, it was determined that the murder for hire would take place either the evening of September 6, 2019, or some time that weekend,” the affidavit states. "It was agreed that when the Defendant was able to coax her husband to come to the marital home, she would signal the handyman by calling him and talking about her dag, Abba. The handyman would then proceed to the home to commit the murder.”
The handyman asked the defendant if she was sure she wanted to go through with the murder, and the defendant stated she was sure, the affidavit adds.
According to a 2016 Times Record wedding announcement, Mary L. Byers of Hackett and Dr. Lawrence D. Diaz of Fayetteville were married May 21, 2016, at Long Lake Resort in Poteau. A November 2016 Veterans Day article noted Byers-Diaz was at the time a licensed therapist.
Class A felonies in Arkansas are punishable by six to 30 years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.