Police arrested Melisa Schonfield, 57, who lives in the small
upstate town of Brownville, on Friday on charges of
second-degree conspiracy and second-degree criminal
solicitation, Dave Pustizzi, a detective in the Jefferson County
sheriff's office, said in a statement.
Schonfield is suspected of meeting with an undercover detective
posing as a hit man and conspiring to kill a Florida man,
identified later as the 36-year-old ex-boyfriend of her
daughter, Pustizzi said.
Schonfield is accused of giving the detective $5,500 in cash,
half of the total amount for the killing, in a Wal-Mart parking
lot, a local Fox News affiliate reported.
When the detective asked how to dispose of the body, Schonfield
suggested throwing it to alligators, the television station
Schonfield is suspected of ordering the killing due to a
conflict with the daughter's ex-boyfriend over a young child
they have together, the station reported.
After spending the weekend in the local jail, Schonfield was
freed on Monday after someone posted a $500,000 bond for her
release, a spokeswoman for the jail said.
Schonfield did not return a call seeking comment on Tuesday, and
her attorney could not be identified. The sheriff's office did
not respond to requests for further information.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Jonathan Allen and Dan
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