Charges against two Logan County men accused of conspiring to commit murder were dismissed last week by Circuit Judge Tyler Gill. The judge granted a motion to dismiss charges against Danny Armstrong and Randall Young of Russellville.
Young and Armstrong were charged last year with conspiracy to commit murder. A third Logan County man, John O’Brien of Russellville, was charged with solicitation of murder, but plead guilty to a misdemeanor of 3rd degree terroristic threatening.
According to an investigation by the Russellville Police Department, O’Brien was willing to pay $500 to Young and Armstrong to take the life of James Hurt. Hurt had apparently assaulted O’Brien on Feb. 26, 2015, and the plot was allegedly to retaliate for that assault. A witness had told police that O’Brien harbored an enormous amount of anger towards Hurt for the assault, and had previously mentioned killing him with a lead pipe and brass knuckles, similar to the manner in which Hurt injured him.