A Denton woman agreed to pay a hitman $1,500 to kill her estranged husband, whom she described as abusive, police said.
But the hit man turned out to be an undercover officer, who recorded the plan earlier this month in a grocery store parking lot on Teasley Lane, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Monday.
The woman, Jacquaeline Z. Williams, 64, was arrested early Saturday without incident, and faces a charge of criminal solicitation (capital murder).
“Mrs. Williams continued to state a desire to have her spouse murdered and agreed upon a price with the undercover agent and gave authorization to proceed with the murder,” said Officer Ryan Grelle in a Monday news release.
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Williams is accused of telling the undercover officer that she and her husband, whom she described as abusive, had been separated for 20 years, and that she received money from him. But, she is accused of saying, he was threatening to take it away.
The affidavit gave this account:
Corinth police alerted Denton police in September that they were contacted by a woman who had information about a murder for hire involving a Denton woman.
On Sept. 30, Denton police met with Thisa Robinson, Jacqaeline Z. Williams’ sister. Robinson, of Corinth, said her sister had contacted her wanting someone to kill her estranged husband. Robinson said she believed her sister came to her because when she was younger she knew people with criminal records.
To verify the information, Denton police asked Robinson to call her sister and set up a meeting. Police placed two hidden cameras in Robinson’s apartment. At the meeting, when Robinson asked her sister if she was serious about hiring a hitman, Williams confirmed it.
Denton police then contacted a special agent with the Texas Department of Public Safety to pose as the hit man. Robinson arranged for her sister to meet the undercover officer at the grocery store parking lot in the 5000 block of Teasley Lane in Denton on Oct. 15.
Williams is accused of telling the officer in the parking lot that if her husband was dead she would receive retirement money.
Williams showed the officer a photo of her estranged husband on her cell phone, and gave him an address and directions to find him.
When he asked how soon she wanted it to happen, Williams is accused of saying not before the 23rd, “so I can cash my check.”
Williams agreed to pay the officer $50 for gas money to get back to his home, and $1,500 in six months, according to the affidavit.
The officer again asked Williams if she just wanted someone to find her estranged husband dead at his home one day, and she said, “Yes.”
Again, Williams asked if it would be before Nov. 1, and the officer said it would happen between the 23rd and the 1st.
The meeting on Oct. 15 took place in the officer’s unmarked vehicle. A hidden camera captured it on audio and video, police said.
Williams remained in the Denton County Jail on Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail.