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January 18, 2013

Teen pleads not guilty to murder plot

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“(Edwin Phelps’) actions in overpowering and subduing (Young) stopped the attack and prevented (Young) from carrying out the murder plot and prevented further injury to himself and his wife,” said Whitaker. 
Whitaker said Edwin Phelps has been released from the hospital and he’s recovering from his injuries at home. 
Edwin and Laura Phelps’ 17-year-old son was arrested as well and charged with two counts of criminal solicitation to murder. He’s being held in the Adair County Juvenile Detention Center. 
Whitaker said the couple’s son “ ... originally started out acting innocent and was helping his dad hold Young down until deputies arrived. 
“However, after my detectives started looking into it and interviewing the suspects, it became apparent there was a deeper sinister story there,” Whitaker added. 
A motive for the crime is not known, and the investigation is continuing.
During Friday’s hearing, Young’s attorney asked that his bond be lowered. Hatfield said they objected to that request “based on the danger to the community” that Young could pose. 
Pulaski District Judge Scott Lawless declined to lower Young’s bond. It remains set at $250,000, and he’s lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. 
Hatfield said he cannot discuss the details of the 17-year-old’s case because he’s a juvenile. Juvenile cases are sealed from the public.
Young’s preliminary hearing is set for January 23, according to Hatfield. 
 

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