Lawrenceburg man indicted in murder-for-hire - WKRN News 2

Lawrenceburg man indicted in murder-for-hire

Posted:
Agents say new information revealed that Phillip Rigling offered to pay several people $50,000 to kill his wife. Agents say new information revealed that Phillip Rigling offered to pay several people $50,000 to kill his wife.

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. – A Lawrenceburg man is charged with hiring someone to kill his wife nearly two decades ago.

The TBI arrested Phillip Rigling, 74, of Jackson Avenue, on Friday.

He was indicted on one count of criminal responsibility to wit first degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery.

Agents say new information revealed that Rigling offered to pay several people $50,000 to kill his wife.

In June 1992, Joann Rigling, 57, was working at Phil's One Stop Market in St. Joseph, Tennessee when the store was robbed and she was shot in the head.

Money was taken from inside the store as a partial payment in the murder-for-hire deal.

Phillip Rigling was arrested Friday and booked into the Lawrence County Jail.

Curtis Staggs, 46, of Fredricktown, Missouri was also indicted on one count of first degree murder, felony murder and aggravated robbery.

He was arrested last week in Missouri. He is currently in jail, awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

In July 1997, Jimmy Dale Hogan was tried and convicted of first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.

He received a life sentence, but has been granted a new trial.

The new information revealing Rigling and Stagg's involvement in the murder came to light during the preparation for Hogan's new trial.

Hogan is currently jailed on the aggravated robbery charge.

A fourth person, Tammy Smith, was also convicted of the crime, but she is currently out of prison.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WKRN (Young Broadcasting station). All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.