Wife admits to hiring a hitman to kill husband

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MUSKEGON, Michigan (WOOD) — A Michigan woman who pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder was videotaped telling an undercover police detective that she wanted her husband’s death to be “as non-suspicious as possible.”

Authorities say Julia Charlene Merfeld, 21, of Muskegon wanted her 27-year-old husband’s $400,000 life insurance policy.

In videos released by prosecutors Merfeld is nonchalant as she discusses the details of her husband’s murder with a detective posing as a hit man. The tone of her voice was as if she was planning a vacation.

“You want it to look like a break in, someone broke in?” asks the undercover detective.

“We we’re talking about that too, but I have a girlfriend who wants to move in with me and I don’t want her to be scared to move in with me if she thinks we were broken into and that Jake got you know, yeah so I’m kind of afraid of that because I want her to move in with me because I don’t want to live there by myself afterwards,” said Merfeld.

“So you don’t want it in the house then?” he asks.

Merfeld laughs and says that it would be messy.

In the video, Merfeld and the would-be hitman discuss potential dates for the hit. She wanted to make sure she was working at the time of the murder.

She says she and her husband were fighting.

“As terrible as it sounds, it was easier than divorcing him, you know I don’t have to worry about the judgment of my family. I don’t have to worry about breaking his heart,” said Merfeld.

She asks the undercover detective to make it painless.

“I’m going to shoot him right in the face,” he said.

“OK,” she answered.

The judge could sentence Merfeld to anywhere from six years to life in prison.

Merfeld’s husband has asked the judge not to send his wife to jail.

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