Woman arrested for allegedly plotting to kill husband

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The FBI has arrested a 37-year-old Flagstaff woman who allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband.

Brenda Lee Kelch was taken into custody Wednesday and was being held in Coconino County Jail on a federal complaint of a muder-for-hire scheme.

Authorities said Kelch allegedly called a Las Vegas man and wanted him to murder her husband, Russell, whom she was trying to divorce.

The Nevada man alerted Las Vegas police and an undercover FBI agent got involved.

A meeting was set up at a Flagstaff hotel room Wednesday where Kelch allegedly offered to pay $1,000 for the slaying and $40,000 after the job was done, according to the FBI.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said a preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled next week.


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