Pamela Hupp has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the December 2011 murder of Betsy Faria, according to Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood announced at a press conference on Monday, June 12.
Hupp was the last person known to have seen Betsy Faria alive before she was found stabbed to death in her Troy, Missouri home around Christmas 2011. Faria’s husband, Russell, discovered her body when he returned home from a night out with friends, according to NBC News.
Court documents obtained by Dateline News read that Hupp tracked Faria’s every move on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2011, waiting until she was weak and lethargic from her chemotherapy treatment that day, and gave her a ride home. Hupp allegedly knew that Betsy’s husband, Russell, would not be home at the time.
Betsy Faria’s husband, Russell, originally served three years for the murder of his wife. He then won a retrial and was cleared of any wrongdoing.
“This case stands alone in its heinousness and depravity, such that it shocks the conscience,” Prosecutor Wood said at a news conference announcing the newest murder charge against Hupp, where he said he would seek the death penalty.
According to People Magazine, Hupp allegedly stabbed Faria 55 times as she laid on her couch in her home. To make the murder scene resemble a domestic assault, Hupp then dipped the victim’s sock in her blood and spread it throughout the house.
Prosecutors believe that Hupp’s motive for murder was money, reported People Magazine.
According to Washington Post, the charges come as Hupp, who became the sole beneficiary of Faria’s $150,000 life insurance policy four days before her murder, is serving a life sentence for another murder that prosecutors allege she orchestrated to shield her from being considered a suspect in Faria’s case.