Tiffany Durbin

Tiffany Durbin

37-year-old Tiffany Durbin, of Leitchfield, has accepted a plea deal in relation to the murder of her boyfriend by her ex-husband, Chad Durbin.

Last Monday, July 22, Tiffany Durbin, alongside her attorney, Lee Davis, Jr., of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, appeared in court to plead guilty to the charges of solicitation to murder, tampering with physical evidence, abuse of corpse, and engaging in organized crime (theft by unlawful taking) in relation to the April 1, 2017 shooting death of 66-year-old Robert Hayes.

Her previous charge of complicity to murder was amended to solicitation to murder per the plea deal offered to her by Commonwealth's Attorney for the 46th Judicial Circuit Rick Hardin.

She had also previously been charged with a second tampering with physical evidence charge, theft by unlawful taking all others $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000, and theft by unlawful taking/disposition of firearm, but these charges were dismissed without prejudice as part of her plea deal.

In exchange for her guilty plea, Tiffany Durbin will be sentenced to 14 years for solicitation to murder, five years for tampering with physical evidence, 12 months for abuse of corpse, and 14 years for engaging in organized crime (theft by unlawful taking), all of which will run concurrently. She will be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent (just under 12 years) of her sentence.

Tiffany Durbin's sentencing for the aforementioned charges is scheduled for Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. in Grayson Circuit Court.

Under Kentucky Revised Statutes, a person is guilty of an offense committed by another person (complicit) when, with the intention of promoting or facilitating the commission of the offense, he or she solicits, commands, or engages in a conspiracy with such other person to commit the offense; aids, counsels, or attempts to aid such person in planning or committing the offense; or having a legal duty to prevent the commission of the offense, fails to make a proper effort to do so. Additionally, when causing a particular result is an element of an offense, a person who acts with the kind of culpability with respect to the result that is sufficient for the commission of the offense is guilty of that offense when he or she solicits or engages in a conspiracy with another person to engage in the conduct causing such result; aids, counsels, or attempts to aid another person in planning, or engaging in the conduct causing such result; or having a legal duty to prevent the conduct causing the result, fails to make a proper effort to do so.

One would be guilty of criminal solicitation of a crime under KRS if he or she, with the intent of promoting or facilitating the commission of a crime, commands or encourages another person to engage in specific conduct that would constitute that crime or an attempt to commit that crime or would establish the other's complicity in its commission or attempted commission.

According to court documents, Hayes was shot seven times by Chad Durbin—two rounds to Hayes’ chest and then multiple times in the face and head—at a residence on Coy Drane Road on April 1, 2017. Hayes’ body was then moved following the shooting and located more than two weeks later on April 19, 2017 in an enclosed trailer on a Frontage Road property.

Additional court records indicate that law enforcement discovered that text messages between Chad and Tiffany Durbin discussing "obtaining guns, ammunition, and arguments about whether Chad or Tiffany would kill Robert 'Bob' Hayes were on the phones of Chad and Tiffany Durbin."

Chad Durbin was sentenced in May by Circuit Judge Bruce Butler to 25 years for murder, five years for tampering with physical evidence, and 12 months for abuse of corpse, all of which are running concurrently. Time he has already served behind bars is being counted toward his overall sentence.