Diaz Negotiates Guilty Plea


On Wednesday, June 4, Mary Byers-Diaz pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit capital murder and was sentenced to 12 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The negotiated plea deal also included an 18 year suspended sentence, with the stipulation that Diaz have no contact with the victim.

Diaz was arrested on Friday, September 6, after allegedly offering money to the family’s contract laborer to kill her husband.

In a statement released from the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office that employee felt “pressured into killing Dr. Lawrence Diaz,” the husband of Mary Diaz. Additionally, that she “mentioned on several occasions that she wanted her husband dead and offered to compensate the cooperating individual for completing the act of murder.”

Investigators with the SCSO and Barling Police Department conducted an operation in which the cooperating individual recorded a conversation with Mary Diaz. In that recording, according to the SCSO, Mary Diaz assisted in coming up with a plan to murder her husband. Additionally, that she provided a payment of property in exchange for the act, and a promise of more property when the act was complete.

Diaz will be transported to the ADC where she will serve out her sentence.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

One Reply to “Diaz Negotiates Guilty Plea”

  1. Jeff Petrucci says:

    So I am guessing next years plans on renewing their wedding vows are off?

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