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American housewife’s murder plot case faces delay

A 36-year-old American housewife faced a disappointing delay in her high-profile court case as her lawyer, Owen Wells, pleaded with the Magistrates Court to expedite proceedings.

Lindsay Shiver stands accused of hiring a Bahamian hitman to murder her husband Robert Shiver on Abaco.

Shiver appeared before a magistrate on Thursday only to be met with disappointment as prosecutors failed to meet a deadline for presenting evidence related to the alleged murder conspiracy.

It is alleged that Shiver, along with her Bahamian boyfriend Terrance Bethel, 28, and would-be assassin Faron Newbold, 29, plotted the foiled 'hit’ on her estranged husband, a former football player.

The atmosphere in the courtroom was tense as lawyers for the accused trio expressed their frustration.

Police prosecutor Sgt. Cordero Farrington admitted that the Voluntary Bill of Indictment (VBI) was not ready. He requested an adjournment of the case until December 1.

Shiver's attorney, Owen Wells - who has achieved acquittals in several high-profile court cases in recent years - emphasized the urgency of the situation.

“She is a foreign national, and as a condition of her bail, she cannot travel," Wells stated. "She has three children that she would like to get back to as soon as possible. We ask that there is no delay."

Acting Chief Magistrate Roberto Reckley granted the adjournment but ordered lawyers from both sides to reconvene on November 6.

The alleged murder conspiracy came to light when police stumbled upon it during the questioning of Terrance Bethel in connection with an unrelated crime, for which he was not charged.

In August, Shiver was released on $100,000 cash bail.

The case continues to draw attention both locally and internationally.

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