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Parker County woman held in alleged murder-for-hire plot

A Parker County woman was in jail Monday accused of trying to hire an undercover officer to kill her estranged husband, authorities said.

Melanie Diana Hill Longoria, 41, of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested Wednesday after she gave the undercover officer a photo of her husband and a schedule of his daily routine, Parker County sheriff's Capt. Mike Morgan said.

Longoria was also recorded telling the officer she wanted her husband dead, Morgan said.

"The motive we have right now is just marital discord," Morgan said. "That's as much as we know."

An acquaintance of Longoria's contacted the Parker County Sheriff's Department on April 22 and told investigators that Longoria was recruiting to "do the job," Morgan said.

"The man thought the woman was joking at first but later came concerned when the suspect kept raising the issue," Morgan said. The acquaintance cooperated with authorities and helped record phone conversations between himself and Longoria.

The acquaintance told Longoria he had a friend who would do the job, Morgan said. He arranged a meeting shortly after noon on April 30 between Longoria and the "hit man," who was actually an undercover officer supplied by the Fort Worth Police Department.

A surveillance team recorded the meeting in a parking lot in the 1800 block of South Main Street, Morgan said. The plan called for her husband to be shot, possible somewhere near his home.

Later that day, Longoria was arrested at her job on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Longoria was being held on $100,000 bail Monday in the Parker County Jail.