COOKEVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments for a Knoxville woman accused of plotting the murder of, and then killing, her husband.
At the request of 10th District Attorney General Steven Bebb, TBI Special Agents began investigating Martha Ann McClancey on November 1, 2012. On May 15, 2006, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at the family’s home on Unicoi Lake Road in Tellico Plains, where they found the body of Martha Ann’s husband, Robert McClancey, with a pistol in one hand and a bottle of pills in the other. Investigators did not find a gunshot wound on his body.
On December 20, 2012, as part of the continuing investigation – and with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Social Security Administration’s Offices of Inspector General – Agents took a statement from Charles Kaczmarczyk, during which he stated he and Martha Ann McClancey – who married Charles after her husband’s death and took his name – conspired to kill Robert by overdosing him with prescription medicine. Subsequently, Charles pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder on September 16, 2013. The woman has since filed for divorce and dropped Kaczmarczyk’s name.
On November 6, 2013, the Monroe County Grand Jury returned indictments for Martha Ann McClancey, charging the 64-year-old with First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder. At the time, however, the Knoxville woman was in federal prison on fraud-related charges. Upon her recent release, she was transported to the Monroe County Jail, where, at the time of this release, she was being held on $100,000 bond. Today, she was arraigned on the two charges.