A Pasco man once involved in a murder conspiracy has recanted allegations that his former nanny tried to drug and steal his kids.
John David Murdock wrote a declaration as part of a settlement with Shalena Millward that said his allegations were false, said Bill Reinig, Millward's Kennewick attorney.
In the declaration, Dave Murdock said his life was chaotic in 2010 because of criminal and civil matters involving his wife's activities.
Michelle Murdock had been accused of plotting to kill her husband, and Millward was a key witness in the case.
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Dave Murdock fired Millward six weeks after he and his wife reported the alleged plot to authorities, then obtained a protection order against the Kennewick woman to keep her away from the children.
"Because of the pressure and scrutiny I was under, I may have incorrectly interpreted certain factual matters and have come to find out that my allegations against Shalena Millward drugging my children was erroneous and I hereby withdraw said allegations," Dave Murdock wrote in his declaration.
The settlement also provided Millward with an undisclosed amount of money from the Murdocks, Reinig said.
Millward sued the couple in Franklin County Superior Court in 2010. The case was settled out of court in January, but the settlement was just recently finalized once some insurance issues were resolved.
"We couldn't divulge it until now," Reinig said.
Reinig said Millward has had a tough time getting jobs as a nanny because stories about the allegations show up in online searches.
She sued the couple for defamation, invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge/breach of contract, negligence, both negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress and outrage.
Millward contended the false accusations were made to discredit her testimony in the case against Michelle Murdock, who had been charged with first-degree conspiracy to murder her husband.
Weeks after going to police, Dave Murdock said he didn't believe his wife planned to kill him, and in October 2010, Michelle Murdock pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
She admitted to conspiracy to attempt to obtain a prescription drug and was sentenced to 80 days in jail.
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