The man, who knew some detectives, alerted police. Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe quickly took action. "We furnished the weapon. We took a small caliber handgun. Made it inoperable, where it would not fire."
The informant, wearing a wire, met Stubblefield back at the Waffle House and gave him the gun provided by police.
Officers moved in, arrested Stubblefield, and said he told them everything about the plot. Now working for the sheriff, Stubblefield arranged to meet Morrow and Bland. The meeting took place here where Morrow and Bland were living. But now, Stubblefield was the one wired for sound and playing a role for the sheriff, talking about methods and weapons.
In tapes recorded by the police, Bland told Morrow "You just make it look like a robbery."
"Put the gun in the bag and you drop it in the frickin' Cumberland River. They'll never find it," Morrow replied.
Bland and Morrow were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a felony worth a possible 15 to 25 years in prison. A grand jury will decide if the case goes to trial. But Stribel has never wavered in her faith in her daughter.
"Even hearing those tapes, I still did not have a fear of them," Stribel said. "And I don't for a moment believe they could have ever, ever gone through with this. They could not have looked me in the face and done that. I don't believe it."
Remarkably, Stribel has not only bailed her daughter out, she's taken her back into her home with open arms.
Morrow's former attorney, Jack Lowery, argued that it was unpleasant talk, but just talk. Josh Stubblefield's attorney also says this was nothing but talk. Andrew Bland's lawyer would not comment on the case.
"There's a lot of talk, a lot of inappropriate talk but this talk never reached the point of fruition to carry out a plot," Lowery said.
Sheriff Ashe disagreed. "This is a cold, chilling, calculating, series of conversations between individuals who are planning to take this lady's life."
Ashe said that if they hadn't gotten the disabled gun from the police, they would have bought a functional one, and Stribel would not be alive today.
"These are not 12- and 13-year-old children laughing and giggling about how we're going to do mommy, OK? These are adults in deep conversation about how to kill her mother," Ashe said.
Morrow, who says she loves her mom, maintained that she would not have gone through with the murder and that she is not even capable of committing such a crime.
"I can barely even stand to see a mouse caught in a mousetrap. So, absolutely not," Morrow said.
With the threat of prison hanging over her head, Morrow has begun to turn her life around. She has earned a high school equivalency degree and is holding a full-time job. Her daughter has been placed by the court with a relative, but she's hoping to get her back soon. Morrow says she's still involved with Andrew Bland but has moved back in with her mother.
"I told her that I'm … I made some bad judgments," Morrow said. "And … that I was … I was sorry that I had … that those had come about."
No one will ever know if Morrow would have or could have murdered her mother. And when friends ask Stribel how she can live under the same roof with a daughter who plotted to kill her, Stribel responds like a mother.
"I love her dearly," Stribel said. "I made a commitment to her when she was born that I would always love her, and that I … there would never be anything she could do to separate us from that. And I intend to keep that commitment."