Special agent investigated alleged solicitation of murder case, court documents show

BUCKHANNON – A person indicted in Upshur County Circuit Court Monday allegedly tried to poison a man three times and also attempted to hire another man to kill the victim, according to court documents.

Jaymie Wright, no age or hometown listed, was among the 24 individuals indicted Jan. 10, 2022, by an Upshur County grand jury. Wright was indicted on four felony charges: three counts of attempting to kill or injure by poison and one count of solicitation of murder.

According to the indictment filed in the Upshur County Circuit Clerk’s office Tuesday, Wright allegedly attempted to kill or injure the victim by placing various substances in his “food and/or beverages.” Wright allegedly attempted to administer aconite, a type of poisonous plant, on one occasion; “medication” on another occasion; and potassium on a third occasion.

The indictment also states that Wright “willingly and knowingly instigated or induced [a third party] to kill [the victim].”

The indictment is based on the testimony of Special Agent Wilmer Smithson III. The incidents reportedly occurred sometime between January 2020 and January 2021, according to court documents filed in the circuit clerk’s office.

Special prosecuting attorney Savannah Hull Wilkins, who serves as the Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney, presented the case to the grand jury Monday.

Other details about the case, however, are scant. Upshur County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Hinkle did not immediately respond to a call about the case Tuesday, and Wilkins declined to comment.

If convicted, each count of attempting to kill or injure by poison carries a sentence between three and 18 years in state prison, while solicitation of murder has a sentence of three to 15 years in prison.

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