Washington state mom had inkling kin were out to kill her

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 19, 2012 

Judy Hebert had an idea that her daughter and son-in-law allegedly were trying to kill her.

When an 18-gallon bin of books fell on her inside her Pasco garage, she took her own crime scene photographs and measurements and noted the incident on her calendar.

The 58-year-old grandmother also started sharing her suspicions with others.

"They did it," Hebert said of Tashia and Todd Stuart when telling a neighbor who to look at if she was killed.

Hebert was shot dead March 3 inside her Salmon Drive home.

Her daughter, Tashia Stuart, has been charged with that crime and is awaiting trial.

But now the murder suspect's husband has his own case in Franklin County Superior Court for allegedly trying to help kill Hebert two weeks earlier. Todd David Stuart, 48, was picked up Tuesday in California for first-degree attempted murder.

His eventual return to the Tri-Cities to answer to the charge depends on whether he waives extradition in an Alameda County courtroom.

The Franklin County arrest warrant was signed Nov. 22 by Judge Craig Matheson, but was sealed until after Stuart's capture. The warrant and a five-page affidavit showing probable cause for his arrest were released Wednesday.

Those court documents detail what Pasco police believe was a murder conspiracy, first acted on by the Stuarts on Feb. 20.

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