Ex-wife charged in highway murder attempt

Molly Waldron

Ex-wife charged in highway murder attempt

CREATED Jan. 7, 2013

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The estranged wife of a man shot in the neck while driving on Interstate 15 near the Valley of Fire in November is now facing charges.

Authorities say 32-year-old Amy Pearson believed her husband was "worth more dead than alive" and had her son attempt to kill her estranged husband, Robert Bessey.

The shooting happened on November 14 while Robert was driving his '97 Saturn on I-15. He saw a gold SUV approach his car and heard shots fired. When he realized he'd been struck in the neck, he pulled off to exit 70 and called police.

Amy's son, Michael Bessey, and her brother, Richard Pearson, were both arrested in connection with the shooting. Police say they were both in the Chevy, and that Michael tried to gun down his mother's husband.

Robert later told authorities he'd had an ongoing dispute with his estranged wife, Amy, over divorce proceedings. He said Amy had a $250,000 life insurance policy on Robert which was set to expire once divorce proceedings were finished.

Richard told police Michael and Amy conspired to kill Robert in order to cash in on that life insurance policy. Richard told authorities he agreed to help carry out the deed -- which would be designed to look like a "road rage incident." 

Detectives interviewed several people connected to the Bessey family and discovered Amy reportedly tried to have Michael killed in the past. 

Amy turned herself on Friday. She faces charges for attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon with substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit murder.

Action News will update this story as new information becomes available.

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