A pediatrician tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband: Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday that a pediatrician in Kentucky is charged with attempting to hire a hitman to murder her ex-husband.

Federal prosecutors allege that on May 15, 2022, 52-year-old Stephanie Russell called someone she believed she was hiring to kill her ex-husband. The Department of Justice clarified that this individual was in fact an undercover FBI agent (UCE).

Dr. said. Johnny E Johnston. Nearly 20% of the ‘successful contracts’ – the target died – were motivated by a skewed romantic relationship; 16 per cent were financially motivated.”

A Kentucky pediatrician has been charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband. Above, a junior doctor wears a stethoscope and a plaque with the slogan ‘I support #Young Doctors’ outside Guys Hospital, where junior doctors held a 24-hour party for the National Health Service on January 12, 2016 in Birmingham, UK and went on strike.
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Russell eventually agreed to pay US$7,000 for the murder of her ex-husband. On May 18, 2022, Russell put $3,500 into a mailbox outside her doctor’s office as half the amount.

and agreed to pay the other half as soon as the crime occurred,” prosecutors at the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky wrote in a news release Friday.


The FBI arrested Russell on Thursday and brought him to court on Friday.

She was charged with the use of interstate commerce facilities with the Mass Murder Commission and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the Justice Department. The case is being investigated by the FBI and the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.

According to WLKY News, Russell is a pediatrician who works at a clinic called Kidzlife Pediatrics in Prospect, Kentucky.

News week She was not immediately able to find information about who Russell is representing in court, and her pediatric clinic was closed when it was accessed Friday afternoon.

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Dr. said. Johnston: “Most schemes do not end in death, and even when they do, the conspirator seldom gets away with it. Here’s why:

  • Since few homicide experts have a criminal background, they don’t know where to find someone willing to kill for money and tend to turn to acquaintances, neighbors or other incompetent or inexperienced individuals to do their dirty work.
  • Most acquaintances or neighbors are unwilling to do this dirty work and tend to call the police to express their concerns.
  • The mastermind has already told every Tom, Dick and Harry that he wishes the target fell dead, so he becomes the prime suspect as soon as it happens.”

Case in point: In February, a 14-year-old girl was arrested after she allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-boyfriend. Baton Rouge police arrested her for murder. Officials were first notified when an official at the satirical site rentahitman.com told them that the girl had come forward.

Also in February, a Florida woman was accused of using a federal pandemic relief loan to hire a hitman to kill a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent.

Pediatrician Tried Hiring Hitman: DOJ
The Department of Justice said Friday that a pediatrician in Kentucky attempted to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband. Above, the courtyard of the Robert F. Department of Justice Building. Kennedy on April 1 in Washington, DC.
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Authorities allege she used part of the $15,000 she received to support her beauty salon during the pandemic to hire someone to shoot a TSA agent as she walked to her apartment.

In November, a detainee was charged after he allegedly participated in an assassination attempt and attempted to kill a federal prosecutor and key witness in a case, resulting in a 10-year prison sentence.

South Carolina prosecutors said the man made illegal cell phone calls to arrest the crime and sent a $2,000 check from his prison canteen account as a down payment for the hit-and-run. US prosecutors said the FBI was pretending to be a killer in the case.

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