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Police: Iowa woman uses Craigslist for hit job

Published On: Jun 24 2013 03:43:32 PM CDT
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -

A Dubuque woman has been accused of using a Craigslist ad to try to hire someone to kill her father.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department says 23-year-old Megan Schmidt posted an inquiry Saturday that offered $10,000 for an undisclosed job. Interested callers were then told upfront about the murder-for-hire job.

Capt. Bob Lynn says several concerned callers contacted authorities about Schmidt's ad. An undercover officer responded to the post Sunday and met with Schmidt. Lynn says Schmidt gave the officer a photograph of her father and repeated the request to have him killed.

Schmidt was arrested and is at the Dubuque County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond. She faces felony charges of attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Court records do not list an attorney.

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