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Bail set at $750,000 for woman accused of plotting to kill husband

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Amy Bessey appears in Las Vegas Justice Court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Bessey has been charged with attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, and battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm against her husband, Robert Bessey.

Updated Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.

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Amy Bessey appears in Las Vegas Justice Court at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Bessey has been charged with attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, and battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm against her husband, Robert Bessey. Launch slideshow »

A justice of the peace set bail Thursday at $750,000 for a woman arrested in an alleged plot to kill her husband, who was shot in the neck in November as he drove along Interstate 15 outside of Las Vegas.

Amy Bessey, 42, and two others charged in connection with the attempt on 49-year-old Robert Bessey’s life — he survived the shooting — appeared together in Las Vegas Justice Court, where a preliminary hearing was scheduled.

Amy Bessey, along with her son Michael Bessey, 21, and her brother Richard Pearson, 39, have been charged with attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, and battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, according to an amended criminal complaint. Amy Bessey, the victim’s wife, also goes by the name Amy Pearson.

Justice of the Peace Janiece Marshall set another hearing for Jan. 25. Marshall set Amy Bessey’s bail at $750,000 after prosecutors alleged she was the mastermind behind the plot.

Metro Police said Robert Bessey was shot about 4:35 a.m. Nov. 14 as he drove south on I-15 near Valley of Fire.

A gold SUV pulled up to his rear driver’s side window and a shot was fired, striking Bessey in the back of the neck, police said.

Bessey was in the midst of a divorce with his wife, and if he died before it was finalized, his wife and children would collect $400,000 in life insurance and other benefits, a Metro Police arrest report said.

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