Ada women arraigned in alleged murder-for-hire plot

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email
ADA, OK - Two Ada women were arraigned Monday in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire plot, and authorities say an American military serviceman stationed overseas also is a suspect. Robin Beal has more.

Tonia Mullins (left), and Regina Hercules

ADA, Okla. -- Two Ada women are now in custody on $1 million bond each after prosecutors say they tried to hire a hit man to kill another woman.

The intended victim was the wife of a local soldier deployed in South Korea. Now that soldier is also facing charges, and may already be in the custody of military police.

Tonia Mullins and Regina Hercules were arraigned by video hookup Monday afternoon. Twenty-six-year-old Michael Andrew Crawford is the serviceman currently on active duty.

All three now facing serious charges of solicitation of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder after investigators say Mullins and Hercules met with an undercover agent they thought was a hit man and offered him money to kill Crawford’s wife.

They say recorded phone conversations reveal that Michael Crawford himself was also in on the plot.

Authorities say they have talked to the intended victim in this case and say she is understandably in disbelief.

"I think she was stunned. I think she was still trying to get her arms around what had happened and understand it, and I think she was somewhat devastated that someone would put a dollar figure on her life," Pontotoc County District Attorney Chris Ross said.

That dollar figure is unknown at this time, as is what their motives may have been. The district attorney would not reveal those details Monday.

Both Mullins and Hercules remain jailed in separate facilities on $1 million bond each.

It is not clear when Crawford will be returned to Pontotoc County to answer to his charges.

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  • by unknown Location: ada on Jun 12, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    I can't believe that a person could even think of killing his wife or child. That's taking two lifes for one that's crazy. I hope Crawford gets life. That baby shouldn't be put through this kind of thing. I feel so sorry for the wife that has to live this life everyday. I'm pretty sure she can't live a life with another partner because of this. Girl keep your head up. If you ever need anything let me know. I'm here for you and your daughter. Bless you and your family and give it time and you'll see a whole different side to life. I promise. Your a really sweet person, and I'm in pain with you. Give that all the love you can. If there are rude people out there and don't understand where your coming from don't pay attention to them. Your so much better then that. Love you Girl. God Bless.
  • by Backatya Location: Hometown USA on Nov 23, 2008 at 10:25 PM
    Get a grip folks. Your talking about looks, killing, roots, fools, drugs, etc. Get a grip on the real deal here, judge not less you be judged. Is this all the world has come to? A bunch of folks talking about something you may not even know the truth about, just wild guesses. Lets all jump on the band wagon here in OK and see what happens then. Do something useful with your time, hum like spend it with your kids or family. The truth shall set you free. Now what??? More smart comments I'm sure. Rock on man.
  • by Alarmed Location: Ardmore on Oct 8, 2008 at 04:18 AM
    What everyone needs to find alarning about this whole thing is that if a person is caught selling drugs they are given 25 years but if you try to have someone killed you only get 10 years. I turned these fools in because no one has the right to deside whether someone lives or dies(specially when taking a parent out of a childs life). these idiots not only caused pain and heart ache for the woman they wanted to kill but Mullins needs to see what she has done to HER children. So should Hercules.All thisdone because they wanted easy money.
  • by kicks on Sep 29, 2008 at 10:36 AM
    i was talking about the wife. the victim in all this. i know her and shes still is heartbroken over the whole thing. i mean what would you do or say or even act in this situstion
  • by resident Location: Texomaland on Sep 27, 2008 at 03:31 PM
    Yeah, Oklahoma has its share of looney-tunes, but have any of you Texicans looked around lately (or in the mirror)? Or any of you better-than-thou types from elsewhere? (silence, broken only by chirping crickets) Yep, just what I thought. There are plenty of real boogerheads everywhere. Just wait until next week to read about someone else somewhere else.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    Kicks- are you talking about the wife or the nut they arrested for solicitation? I hope you're not talking about one of these nuts they arrested.
  • by kicks Location: Ada on Sep 25, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    how can someone who loves a man so much and would do anything for them be put into a situation like this. I mean no motive, just pure selfishness. and all the people out there who think this is a joke need to put themselves into this girls position and think about how they might react to the whole thing. its unbelievable really
  • by Anonymous on Sep 24, 2008 at 01:42 PM
    Hey Anonymous at 04:50PM tell us where you are from so we can pull up your local news and see how many idiots you have living around you, you're probably one of them!
  • by Sydney Location: Alaska on Sep 23, 2008 at 11:38 PM
    Ok...One woman was dating the service member. And knew his wife. She should have just waited for the divorce. And lets not go there with the Oklahoma jokes...that is where I was raised, and we aren't all like that. Still innocent until PROVEN guilty.
  • by proud okie Location: sulphur on Sep 23, 2008 at 08:32 PM
    What does oklahoma have to do with it? Losers like that come from ALL around the world... BRAINIAC!!!
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