Julia Merfeld Hitman: Hiring Man To Kill Husband Was 'Easier Than Divorce' [VIDEO]
A woman in western Michigan who tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband has pled guilty.
The case of Julia Merfeld, 21, of Muskegon, is notable for how casually she discussed hiring a hitman to murder her husband -- which was all caught on video taken by undercover police.
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Merfeld wanted to kill her husband, a 27-year-old man, for his $400,000 life insurance policy, which she told a hitman -- really an undercover cop -- that she wanted it done in a way that was "as non-suspicious as possible." She said she had been fighting with her husband for a while, and she wanted out of their marriage.
Merfeld and the "hitman" discussed the payment for the murder, which would be $50,000 from her husband's life insurance payment. She offered a $100 payment up front to prove she was serious about wanting to whack her husband.
"I was looking at my calendar and I was thinking either the 18th of April or the 25th," Merfeld tells the detective about what day her husband should be murdered, in a creepy matter-of-fact tone.
Merfeld told the undercover cop that she didn't want her husband to suffer, but "whatever's easiest" would suffice.
"Just make it painless," she said.
"I'm going to shoot him in the face," the detective told her.
"OK," she responded.
She also told the undercover cop that she wanted the murder to happen outside of her house, because, she said laughing, "it would be messy."
When Merfeld met with the "hitman" a second time, she gave the officer a down payment and said her reason for killing her husband was that it was the easiest way to break it off with him.
"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," Merfeld said.
"It's going to break my heart when it happens, but it's something I've been thinking about for a while," said Merfeld.
Merfeld pled guilty to solicitation of murder and will be sentenced on July 30.
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