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Sheriff's investigators believe Julia Merfeld wanted to kill her husband

6:01 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon woman is in custody, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Julia Merfeld, 21, was arraigned Thursday on charges of Solicitation of Murder.  If convicted, Merfeld could face life in prison.

Investigators say the person Merfeld believed was a hitman, was actually an undercover officer.

The case began with a tip. "Had the tip not been received into our office," said Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler, "and this had gone forward as the defendant intended it, there would be a homicide we would be investigating."

Investigators say they believe the motive was money from an insurance policy.

Merfeld is being held on $500,000 bond.

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