Klamath Falls woman accused of plotting to kill ex-husband

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, March 27 2014 at 5:02 PM, Updated: Thu, March 27 2014 at 8:32 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- A Klamath Falls woman is in jail, accused of hiring a man to murder her ex-husband.

66 year old Carla Clark was arraigned Thursday on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Cole Chase says Clark plotted the killing of her ex-husband...

"Carla Clark conspired with Zane Skeen in exchange for a promise of money that Zane Skeen would kill Larry Wayne Clark."

Larry Wayne Clark was found beaten to death in his home on Lindley Way in February of 2013.

Investigators say he died of blunt force trauma...but Chase isn't saying just how they connect Carla Clark to the crime...

"Because our detectives are containing the work on the case, we can't provide additional information."

Carla and Larry Clark were divorced in November of 2012.

Under the terms of the divorce, Larry Clark had to maintain a 50 thousand dollar life insurance policy, with Carla as the primary beneficiary.

Clark was murdered about 3 months after the divorce.

35 year old Zane Sterling Skeen, a former neighbor of the Clark's, was arrested in Arizona the month Clark died.

He remains in jail on a charge of murder.

Cole Chase says that Skeen has pleaded 'not guilty'...

"We do have a trial date set in June.  However, I suspect that the addition of a co-defendant may change that date."

A 'not guilty' plea has also been entered for Carla Clark.

She's being held without bail.

Prosecutors say they'll make a decision sometime next week as to whether or not they'll charge Carla Clark and Zane Skeen as co-defendants.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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