Pipe-Bomb Suspect Back In Jail, Accused Of Driving Infractions

Shirley Mugley

A 41-year-old West Fork woman accused of scheming to kill her ex-husband with a pipe bomb is back in jail, accused of driving infractions, records show.

Shirley Mugley, who had been out on a $50,000 bond, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday (May 22), accused of driving on a suspended license and  having no proof of insurance, records show. Her license had been suspended after she was arrested in Washington County about a month ago on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, officials said. Her recent arrest happened late Wednesday (May 21) in Springdale, officials said.

In light of those driving arrests, Judge William Storey signed an order on Thursday (May 22) revoking her bond. That order was sought by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, authorities said.

Mugley now is in jail without bond and is set to appear July 14 at a trial before Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay on a charge of conspiracy to commit capital murder, officials said. She is also charged with possession of a destructive device and possession of a prohibited weapon, records show.

Mugley was arrested in July 2013 following a failed attempt to kill her ex-husband with a pipe bomb, with the help of Andrew Cox, 20, according to court records. She was later released on $50,000 bond, with Cox being released on $5,000 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Cox also is set to appear in court on July 14 but likely won’t go to trial until after Mugley’s case is resolved, officials said.

Mugley and the man charged with being her conspirator in the pipe-bomb plot pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in August 2013, according to court records.

Washington County deputies said Cox told police he went with Mugley to buy materials to make the pipe bomb. Cox and Mugley made the bomb in the basement of Mugley’s house on the 14000 block of Highway 265 South, according to a preliminary arrest report.

Cox had a previous romantic relationship with Mugley, the report states.

Police said they obtained video of Mugley buying a cell phone that matches the phone that was attached to the pipe bomb, the report states. According to the report, police recorded a phone call between Cox and Mugley during which Mugley discussed the pipe bomb and the conspiracy to kill her husband.

The pipe bomb was found in April in the Illinois River in rural Washington County, according to the sheriff’s office. Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder said Cox threw the pipe bomb in the river after he “chickened out.”

Mugley-Cox

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