911 Call released in Peoria murder, conspiracy case

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. -- One month before she was arrested for murder, Michelle Gibson called 911 to report her husband was found dead in their garage.

Police released audio of the call on Monday. She appears hysterical as she pleads for help.

“I need someone at my house; my husband is dead,” she said while sobbing.

The 911 operator urged her to calm down then asked what happened.

“I’m with my kids, and I just got home, and my husband is on the ground, dead,” Gibson responded through tears. “There’s blood everywhere.”

“Do you know what happened to him?” asked the 911 call-taker.

“No,” said Gibson.

However, Peoria police believe otherwise. Investigators allege Gibson was involved from the beginning and conspired with her 16-year-old son, Steven Gibson Jr., to pay for her husband’s murder.

According to court documents, police say they convinced teen suspect Erik McBee and another 16-year-old boy that Gibson Sr. was a danger to the family and needed to be killed. In return, they would be paid $1,000 each, according to police. 

Investigators say the night before the planned killing, Michelle Gibson and Gibson Sr. got into a fight and it was decided that Gibson Sr. would be killed that night with only McBee there, according to documents.

Police say McBee allegedly hit Gibson Sr. with a bat and then cut his throat with a knife, according to the statements made to police. Detectives say Gibson Jr. also helped by stabbing his father.

Police say Michelle Gibson and Gibson Jr. tried to get rid of evidence before calling for help.

“Hurry, hurry, please hurry,” Michelle Gibson could be heard saying to dispatchers.

Michelle Gibson, 41, is facing first-degree murder charges, along with Gibson Jr. and McBee. Both boys are 16 but have been charged as adults, according to the County Attorney’s Office.