(TELL CITY)(WITZ) 52-year-old Jane Kleaving, of Tell City, was arrested on November 11th, for attempting to hire a hit man to kill an Owensboro man.
It turns out that the motive surrounds a domestic situation involving a custody battle between her daughter and the father of their child.
A witness and long-time friend of Kleavings' came forward to police with information about Kleaving making statements about her granddaughter's father and wanting to hire a hit man to have him killed.
Kleaving was concerned about alleged abuse of the child and was fearful for her safety if the father were to be granted custody.
Instead of contacting authorities, Kleaving chose, instead to try to hire a hit man to kill the father of her granddaughter.
Kleaving met with an undercover State Police Officer at the Spencer County and Perry County Line. The officer accepted money and a photograph of the man she wanted dead. She wasn't able to come up with the full amount agreed to so she offered to stage a burglary at her home with the intent to make an insurance claim and use the proceeds to pay the final amount of the debt.
The trooper was wired for audio and video and police detectives recorded the entire conversation. Kleaving paid a $500 down payment during the meeting.
After the transaction, she left traveling towards Troy on State Road 66, and was stopped by Indiana State Police and arrested without incident.
Kleaving has been charged with a Class A Felony for Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and a Class D Felony for Conspiracy to Commit Insurance Fraud.
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