Police: Would-be hit man turned in woman who wanted ex dead

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio woman paid someone to kill her estranged husband but was turned in by the would-be hit man.

Middletown police say Shelly Carter is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder because her children also were potential targets. A judge on Friday set a $750,000 bond for Carter. The 42-year-old Middletown woman told the judge she’s trying to hire an attorney.

Police allege Carter paid someone $500 to kill her husband and promised another $500 and a car when the job was finished. Lt. Jim Cunningham says the would-be hit man contacted police.

Carter’s husband wasn’t hurt.

Cunningham says a Middletown couple who arranged Carter’s meeting with the man also are charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Their bonds were set at $250,000.

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