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Police: Woman wanted to hire hit man

WZZM-TV • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Julia Merfeld, 21, was arraigned Thursday on charges of solicitation of murder. If she is convicted, Merfeld could face life in prison.

Investigators said the person Merfeld believed was a hit man was actually an undercover police officer. The case began with a tip.

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

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

Merfeld is being held on $500,000 bond.

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