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Woman Has Affair With Adopted Son, Both Charged In Plot To Kill Husband

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A Las Vegas woman has been charged in a plot to kill her husband and cash in on his life insurance policy with her adopted son. The murder attempt may have been as much about love and revenge as well as money: police said the woman was having an affair with her son.

Amy Pearson, 42, was not initially charged in the attempted murder of her husband Robert Bessey, 49. In November, a gold SUV pulled up next to him, and he was shot in the neck. He survived and managed to recognize that the SUV belonged to his brother-in-law's girlfriend.

Amy's brother Robert Pearson, 39, was charged in the shooting, and so was her son Michael Bessey, 21. At the time of their arrests, she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "I have no idea what's going on. I wish I did."

A cellmate told police that Michael Bessey explained the whole murder plot. Bessey said that he and Amy Pearson were planning on blaming his uncle Richard Pearson for the murder since he already had a criminal record. The two were hoping to receive $400,000 in benefits from his father's death, but they had to act soon, because the couple were planning on divorcing.

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Bessey also told his cellmates that his father physically abused his mother and mentally abused the family. He added that his father accused him of sleeping in the same bed with Amy Pearson. The cellmate knew details of the crime that hadn't been publicized and offered to testify.

Police looked into the relationship between Michael Bessey and his mother. Bessey's ex-girlfriend claimed that the relationship between him and his mother was the reason that the pair broke up. In a letter to his mother, he wrote "I miss touching you," according to Robert Bessey. A witness who knew the couple said the pair used to go to nightclubs and "grab each other buttocks."

Pearson was arrested on Friday on charges of attempted murder, battery and conspiracy to commit murder against her husband.