Lady Caught on Tape Attempting to Hire Hit Man to Kill Her Husband
And the Donkey of the Day is Julia Charlene Merfeld. Last April, she had a couple meetings with a man she wanted to murder her husband because “it was easier than divorcing him.” The 21-year-old from Muskegon, Michigan thought she was hiring a professional killer do the murder. What she didn't know is the man was really an undercover police detective and she was being recorded on a hidden video camera. “When I first decided to do this … it’s not that we weren’t getting along,” she says on the video. “But … terrible as it sounds, it was easier than divorcing him. You know, I didn’t have to worry about the judgment of my family, I didn’t have to worry about breaking his heart, all that stuff like this. It’s, like, how I got a clean getaway.” Another motive, authorities have said, was the 27-year-old husband’s $400,000 life insurance policy. Oh, she also wanted a friend to move in with her after her husband's death. Julia told the fake hit man he’d be paid $50,000 from the proceeds, in a series of weekly $9,000 installments to avoid suspicion from her bank. Cops learned of Julia's plan after a coworker whom she offered $50,000 to kill her husband reported her to police. She pleaded guilty June 27 to solicitation to murder. Surprisingly, her husband -- with whom she has two children -- asked the judge to not sentence Julia to prison. But at her sentencing July 30, the judge is looking at putting her away for as little as six years in prison or life in prison.
This is the first meeting, which was recorded on April 9.
And this is the second meeting, which was recorded on April 10. Here she tells the "hit man" to kill her husband while she's at work and to make it look like a robbery. She also hands the “hit man” a sheaf of notes he has requested, including directions to the home and a floor plan, then a photo of her husband, saying, “that’s him.” She also hands the purported killer a $100 bill as a down payment to show she’s serious, as he had requested in the first meeting.