A Stoddard County man accused of being involved in a murder for hire plot has been found not guilty by a jury. Christopher Hicks of Dexter was charged with attempted murder, arson, armed criminal action, and burglary. Hicks and his wife, Brandi Hicks, were accused of helping Donald Lafferty plan to start a fire in an effort to kill Lafferty’s wife. The jury reached a not guilty verdict in about four hours. The trial lasted 3 days and Hicks has been released.