published Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Soddy-Daisy woman charged with murder for hire waives hearing

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    Sharon Zurconett, 54, is accused of conspiracy to commit first degree murder.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A 54-year-old Soddy-Daisy woman charged with murder for hire has waived her preliminary hearing.

Police arrested Sharon Anna Zurconett on April 24 after Walter Hogeland, 65, reported that she tried to pay him $300 to kill a woman who was with her "old man."

Gary Cooper told the Times Free Press in April that he was the alleged "old man" and, at the time, lived in a mobile home partially owned by Zurconett.

Cooper declined to share the name of the alleged target of the murder plot, saying the woman was his fiancee.

Zurconett is free on a $10,000 bond. Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck reminded Zurconett that she could not contact any victims or witnesses in the case as a condition of her bond.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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