By Harold Bearden
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | 9:07 AM
Larry Butler, 54, Haleyville is being held in the Marion County Jail with bail set at $1.5 million. He is charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit murder, five counts of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of attempted murder.
District Attorney Jack Bostick has stated Butler hired two people on two different occasions to carry out the murder-for-hire. The intended victims were to have been his wife, Reba Butler and his mother-in-law, Ruby Mays. Larry Butler is accused of offering $150,000 to a man to kill his wife and mother-in-law.
An early morning attack on May 23 at the home of Ruby Mays against her daughter Reba resulted in head and other injuries to Reba from being struck by a table leg. The attack on Reba was interrupted by Ruby Mays when she heard the intruder attacking her daughter.
An investigation by Haleyville police and the Winston-Marion District Attorney investigator led to the possible conspiracy. While the investigation was going on, Butler reportedly attempted to hire another man to kill his wife, mother-in-law and the first hit man. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Butler before the second plan could be carried out.