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Woman indicted in TBI case surrounding husband’s 2006 killing

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

COOKEVILLE –Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents received indictments for a Knoxville woman accused of plotting the murder of and killing her husband.

At the request of 10th District Attorney General Steven Bebb, TBI special agents started an investigation involving Martha Ann McClancey on Nov. 1, 2012. On May 15, 2006, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at the family’s home on Unicoi Lake Road in Tellico Plains, where they found the body of her husband, Robert McClancey, with a pistol in one hand and a bottle of pills in the other. Investigators did not find a gunshot wound on his body.

On Dec. 20, 2012, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Social Security Administration’s Offices of Inspector General, agents took a statement from Charles Kaczmarczyk, during which he said he and Martha Ann McClancey – who married Charles after her husband’s death and took his name – conspired to kill Robert McClancey by overdosing him with prescription medicine. Subsequently, Charles Kaczmarczyk pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder Sept. 16. Martha Ann McClancey since filed for divorce and dropped Kaczmarczyk’s name.

On Nov. 6, a Monroe County grand jury returned indictments for Martha Ann McClancey, charging the 64-year-old with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. At the time, however, the Knoxville woman was in federal prison on fraud-related charges. Upon her recent release, she was taken to the Monroe County Jail, where she remained Monday evening on $100,000 bond. She was arraigned Monday on the two charges.

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