ALTON -- A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Dec. 21 for an Alton woman accused of attempting to hire an undercover law enforcement officer to kill her husband.
Kari J. Brown was indicted on two counts by a federal grand jury in April. She was found competent last week by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Door to face the charges. No trial date has yet been set.
The first count of the indictment alleges that Brown, 36, traveled from Missouri to Arkansas on March 4, 2005, 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.
The criminal complaint filed against Brown by Bradley Schlozman, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said Brown was looking for someone to murder her husband when she was contacted by an undercover officer.
Brown allegedly agreed to pay the undercover officer $10,000 to murder her husband and provided the officer with a photograph of him and a description of his vehicle.
In their final meeting, Brown met with the officer March 4 at the Mammoth Spring State Park. Brown is alleged to have handed the undercover officer $440 as a down payment for killing her husband.
In a phone conversation with the officer March 13 Brown allegedly told the officer she would give him another $1,000 after he killed her husband the next day and that she would sell some possessions in order to raise the rest of the $10,000.