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Husband mutilated in hired machete attack

April 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Orange County woman is accused of hiring someone to kill her husband with a machete. Investigators say it was a conspiracy between the woman, her lover, and his friend, a butcher. That man survived the machete attack, but was mutilated. His wife is now under arrest.Mary Sharpski stood next to a public defender in an Orange County courtroom Tuesday. Authorities allege the 46-year-old housewife confessed to plotting with her 38-year-old live-in lover, Michael Shores, and his friend, Antonio Ortega, to murder her 47-year-old husband, Frank, last month, outside their Fountain Valley apartment complex as he left for work in the morning.

"He was screaming, 'Help me!' It was a brutal attack," said Sgt. Eric Orahood, Fountain Valley Police Dept. "They could actually hear strikes being made."

Police allege Sharpski and Shores waited in the apartment while the 23-year-old Santa Ana resident, Antonio Ortega, repeatedly slashed the victim with a machete, leaving him to die. Neighbors called 911.

"He lost fingers, he lost part of a hand," said Sgt. Orahood. "He had severe lacerations on head and face. It's been over a month and he's still in the hospital."

Police allege Ortega, a butcher at a Huntington Beach grocery store, was promised an undisclosed amount of money.

Authoriities suspect Shores and Sharpski would share insurance money. Shores moved in with the Sharpskis and their three children a year ago, after he lost his job.

"The victim's wife and the suspect had a relationship, and we believe it was purely to get rid of him for money," said Sgt. Orahood.

Authorities say the insurance policy was for less than $50,000.


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