|Michelle and Young Steven|
On March 1, 2013 911 received a call for help from Michelle saying,
"There's blood everywhere! I'm with my kids and I just got home and my husband's out in the garage dead."Steven was found in his garage beaten and stabbed to death. The crime scene held several questions which eventually led to their convictions. Thats when the plot unfolded. Michelle had enlisted her children and their friend Erik to kill her husband saying she was afraid of him and he was going to kill her or the children eventually. Erik agreed to participate for $2000.
The murder-for-hire plan involved incapacitating her husband with chloroform while he slept in his bed. Using the victim's truck, they would take his body to a nearby park where one of the teen killers would shoot him in the back of the head. To make the murder look like a drug deal gone bad, they planned to spread pills on and around his body.
As is often the case in murder-for-hire schemes, things did not go as planned. At ten-thirty on the night of February 28, 2013, Erik McBee used a baseball bat to beat Steven in the head as he slept in his bed. Steven Gibson, Jr. then stabbed his dying father three times in the chest, and slashed his throat. Using a dolly, Erik and Steven rolled Steven Sr.'s corpse into the garage. Because Erik McBee fled the scene at the sound of a distant police siren, the dead man never made it to the park. Later that day, Erik, a Popeye's Chicken employee, turned himself into the police.
Steven Jr plead guilty to second degree murder and received 22 years.
Michelle received natural life without parole.