NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - The former owner of the Bread and Breakfast bakery and cafe in New Albany has been arrested and charged in a murder-for-hire plot.
Laura Ann Buckingham, 29, was arrested Wednesday in Tennessee, where she currently lives, and charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder. She is in the Roane County (Tenn.) jail on a $150,000 bond.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Buckingham allegedly paid an undercover agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to kill her ex-boyfriend, Bradley Sutherland of New Albany.
According to a joint press release from the Roane County's Sheriff's Office and the 9th District Attorney General's Office, Buckingham and Sutherland share custody of their 3-year-old son, and since moving to Tennessee, Buckingham has driven back-and-forth to the Louisville area every Sunday to "effectuate the exchange of the boy."
According to the News Sentinel, Buckingham was turned into the authorities by her current boyfriend, Joseph Chamblin. Chamblin is one of four Marines who gained national notoriety after being filmed urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in a 2011 incident in Afghanistan, also according to the News Sentinel.
Buckingham closed Bread and Breakfast at 157 E. Main St. late last year, according to WAVE 3 News' news-gathering partners at the News and Tribune. Buckingham had planned to move across Main Street to the Underground Station but those plans were put on hold. She began her business selling homemade bread at the Farmers Market before moving into the Main Street location in 2013.