November 30, 1995 in Nation/World

Incestuous Woman, Grandfather Sentenced In Plot Two Tried To Kill Woman’s Husband

Associated Press

A woman and the grandfather with whom she had a nearly 20-year incestuous relationship have been sent to prison for plotting to kill her husband.

“I’m just not accustomed to things like this happening,” the intended victim’s stepmother said Wednesday. “I watch it on Geraldo.”

The relationship between William Douglas Hinson, 71, and his 30-year-old granddaughter, Teresa Jean Hutcheson, was known to relatives.

Marti Hutcheson said her stepson, 29-year-old Jimmy Dean Hutcheson, knew when he married Teresa 3-1/2 years ago that her two children were by her grandfather, but he “accepted that as being in the past.”

And even though the grandfather sometimes lived with the couple, he was unaware that their relationship was continuing, she said.

“I didn’t think much of her morals but Dean loved her,” she said.

Hinson and Teresa Hutcheson were sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison without parole. Each pleaded guilty Sept. 26 to charges of conspiracy to commit murder in a failed plot to have a hitman kill Hutcheson and make it look like a hunting accident.

Authorities taped conversations in which Teresa Hutcheson and her grandfather promised the would-be hitman $25,000 from a $200,000 insurance policy on her husband’s life. The hitman went to police.

Marti Hutcheson said her stepson objected when Hinson at times lived with the couple, in Myrtle, population 350, but, “there’s only so much you could protest.”

Teresa Hutcheson sought leniency at her sentencing, placing most of the blame on her grandfather. She said they had been involved in an incestuous relationship since she was 11 years old. He is the father of her two children.

“In my 20 years on the bench, I thought I’d seen everything, but this is the most sordid case I’ve seen where the great-grandfather is also the father of his great-grandchildren,” U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers said as he gave the two the maximum sentence.

“If I could give you 20 years I would.”

Teresa Hutcheson and Hinson started plotting the slaying as early as November 1993, according to court records. When the hit fell through, Teresa Hutcheson and Hinson reportedly switched on the electric power in the Hutchesons’ home while her husband was under the house fixing wiring in May 1994. The intended victim suffered burned hands.

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