Police: Springdale Woman Plotted To Murder Benton County Judge

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Springdale woman is accused of plotting to kill Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren because she believed he'd unfairly targeted her family.

Dorris Jenkins, 36, was arrested Saturday (June 2) in connection with conspiracy to commit capital murder. Her fiance, Adan Taylor, 21, was also arrested as an accessory.

On Saturday (June 2), Jenkins and Taylor unwittingly met an undercover officer at a Rogers motel to discuss the murder-for-hire plot, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The couple believed the officer was a hit man, and Jenkins said she could barter a tablet and sound bar to have Karren killed.

Jenkins added she could provide an original print photograph of Marilyn Monroe -- valued at $25,000 -- as further payment, according to the affidavit.

Jenkins reportedly planned the hit while she was incarcerated last month at the Benton County Jail. Jenkins believed Karren was unfair and had "been arresting her family" since 1997, according to the affidavit.

Jenkins initially said she had a list of 15 people she wanted killed, but was told that'd be too expensive, according to the affidavit.

After recording their conversation, the undercover officer asked to take a trip to a nearby gas station, where other detectives arrested Jenkins and Taylor.

Sgt. Shannon Jenkins, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said Monday (June 4) she couldn't remember an incident when a judge or other high-level Benton County official had been targeted for murder.

"We take seriously all claims when someone's life is in jeopardy," Jenkins said. "No matter who it is, we investigate and pursue it."

Karren's office said the the judge was unable to comment Monday on the allegations.

Jenkins and Taylor are being held at the Benton County Jail on $1 million bonds. The pair have hearings set for July 16 in Benton County Circuit Court.

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