Carroll woman pleads guilty in murder plot

April 08, 2003|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A woman who lived with reputed cult leader Scott Caruthers admitted yesterday conspiring with him to try to have her ex-husband murdered.

Dulsa Naedek also entered a guilty plea to a second murder conspiracy charge, this one involving a former business associate of Caruthers.

Under a plea agreement, Naedek would serve 18 months of a 15-year prison term. She has been held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Carroll County Detention Center since her arrest in October 2001, meaning that she likely will have served her time by her sentencing, scheduled for May 22.

One point of contention at yesterday's hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court involved the prosecution's proposal that Naedek be required to be "deprogrammed" as a condition of her probation. Assistant Public Defender Thomas Nugent Jr. objected to the proposal. "Let's wait for the psychological evaluation" in the presentence investigation, he said.

Judge Michael M. Galloway did not comment on the issue.

Naedek, 43, who lived with Caruthers and his wife at their former home in the 500 block of Scott Drive in Westminster, became the third member of the alleged cult to have her case resolved without trial. Caruthers is scheduled to stand trial May 12.

Yesterday, Naedek, formerly known as Deborah Hackerman, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Caruthers to murder her ex-husband, Timothy Hackerman. In a second case, she entered an Alford plea - denying guilt while acknowledging sufficient evidence to convict her - on a murder conspiracy charge involving E. David Gable, a business associate of Caruthers.

Neither man, nor any of the others allegedly targeted by the group, was injured.

Caruthers is not discouraged by the series of guilty pleas, said his lawyer, George Psoras.

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