MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - The man who alerted authorities to a murder-for-hire plot was a co-worker of Julia Merfeld who told 24 Hour News 8 she approached him about doing the crime.
Julia Charlene Merfeld, 21, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on one count of solicitation of murder. She allegedly tried to hire someone to kill her husband to get his life insurance, according to the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office.
On April 1st, a tip came into the sheriff's office, alerting them of Merfeld's plan to have her husband killed. The sheriff's office then contacted the Muskegon Police Department and along with the Michigan State Police set up a sting.
The tip came from Carlos Ramos, a co-worker of Merfeld; they worked together for the last few months at a Harvey Street restaurant. Ramos says he has been in prison in the past and believes that's why Merfeld came to him.
Ramos says at first, he thought she was kidding about the plot, but when he learned she wasn't joking, he called authorities. He went to police because he was worried she might hire someone else for the crime and that person would actually go through with it.
Merfeld was arrested Wednesday night after meeting with a so-called hitman who was actually an undercover officer.
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