U.S. Marine Corps officer indicted for murder conspiracy

U.S. Marine Corps officer indicted for murder conspiracy

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PHOENIX — A U.S. Marine Corps officer from Yuma has been indicted for trying to kill a fellow Marine in Kuwait as part of an alleged murder conspiracy with the victim's wife, according to court documents.

Chief Warrant Officer Larry A. Framness, 36, and Wendy Glass, 33, are accused of plotting to kill Glass' husband, James H. Glass, hoping to disguise the plot as a terrorist attack.

Framness, an 18-year Marine veteran, lured James Glass to a guard shack in Kuwait and then detonated a grenade May 14, according to a U.S. District Court indictment.

James Glass, a 20-year Marine veteran, suffered shrapnel wounds to his neck, back and legs. He has recovered and is back in Yuma with Marine Squadron 371, said Marine Corps Air Station Yuma spokesman 1st Lt. Kevin Hyde.

"The conduct alleged in this case is not in keeping with Corps values and what the Marine Corps stands for," said MCAS spokeswoman Capt. Tanya Murnock.

The indictment says that the conspiracy began late last year when Framness and Wendy Glass conspired to kill James Glass. The defendants began an adulterous affair in November 2001, according to court documents, and wanted to collect life insurance benefits from James Glass' death.

In October 2002, the defendants reportedly plotted to make James Glass appear as if he had driven his car off a cliff while inebriated during a weekend cabin trip in California. The plan wasn't carried out because James Glass wasn't "sufficiently intoxicated," records say.

In early 2003, Framness and James Glass were deployed to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom and stationed at Camp Snake Pit in the Ali Al Salem Air Base. E-mail and phone correspondences between the defendants indicated that they again plotted to kill James Glass, the indictment shows, so they could pursue a romantic relationship openly.

In a phone conversation around April, Wendy Glass allegedly told Framness that she didn't want to know about the details of the murder but that she didn't want her husband to suffer.

About a month later, Wendy Glass woke up her husband with a cell phone call before Framness told James Glass he needed his help and lured him to an unoccupied guard shack, the indictment says. Framness allegedly left James Glass alone before he pulled the pin from a grenade and threw it into the shack, which caused an explosion.

Framness is being held at the Marine Corps station in Miramar, Calif. He has not been arraigned, and his case will be kept in Miramar because his squadron the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is headquartered there, said Gunnery Sgt. Matt Olivolo.

Framness will be arraigned in federal court after he has been tried by the military and brought to Phoenix.

Wendy Glass was arrested and taken into custody in Yuma on Thursday. An arraignment is scheduled for here Tuesday at the U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

— Arizona Daily Sun

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