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September 28, 2013

Police: Rings, cash offered for murder

Police informant sent to meeting as decoy hitman.

The woman accused of conspiring to commit murder allegedly plotted to have her daughter’s boyfriend killed, court documents show.

Kokomo police arrested Christy D. Shaffer, 35, late Wednesday on the Class A felony charge after she offered an informant her deceased father’s rings and $100 to carry out the killing, according to the probable cause affidavit filed Friday in Howard Superior Court 2.

The charging information stated that Shaffer asked a friend to find someone to kill the man because he had been battering her daughter. Her friend then called police.

Detectives arranged an undercover informant to act as a hitman in the plot. Police set up a meeting and taped a conversation in which Shaffer offered the informant her deceased father’s rings and $100 for down payment on the hit. In addition, she provided the informant with an address of the man to be targeted and a map showing where he lives.

When asked by the informant how she wanted the man killed, Shaffer responded, “kill him in the street,” the charging information stated.

Officers arrested Shaffer at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday after she met with the informant.

When questioned by police, Shaffer initially said she wanted the intended victim beat up for hurting her daughter. She then admitted she offered payment to have the man killed, according to court records.

Shaffer is being held at the Howard County jail without bond. If convicted, she could be sentenced to between 20 and 50 years in prison.

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