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Grand jury indicts Alton woman

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Woman charged with soliciting someone to murder her husband

ALTON -- An Alton woman, Kari J. Brown, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 7.

U.S. Attorney Bradley Schlozman from the Western District of Missouri said Brown, 36, was indicted on the charge of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Schlozman said the two-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City and replaces the criminal complaint that was filed against Brown in March. She is charged with arranging the murder of her husband and soliciting someone to murder her husband.

Count one of the indictment alleges Brown traveled from Missouri to Arkansas on March 4 to arrange the murder of her husband, Randy Brown, for $10,000.

Count two alleges that from Feb. 28 to March 13 Brown solicited another person to engage in criminal conduct that would lead to the use of force against another person, namely the murder for hire of her husband.

In the original criminal complaint, Schlozman said Brown was looking for someone to murder her husband when she was contacted by an undercover law enforcement officer. At a meeting with the undercover officer a few days later, Brown allegedly agreed to pay the officer $10,000 to murder Randy Brown. She provided the officer a picture of her husband and a description of his vehicle, Schlozman said.

The final meeting between the two was March 4 at Mammoth Spring State Park where she allegedly gave the officer $440 as a down payment. In a phone conversation March 13, Brown allegedly told the officer she would give him another $1,000 after he killed her husband the next day.

She also allegedly said she would have to sell some of her possessions to be able to raise the rest of the $10,000.

Schlozman said evidence supporting the case would be presented to a federal trial jury in federal court in Springfield. A date has yet to be set.

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