The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

December 1, 2012

April trial set for Dorset woman accused in hitman case

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — A Dorset woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill the first wife of her late husband is scheduled to begin April 16, according to Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court records.

Angel Brown, 35, has been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Brown is represented by Leo J. Talikka, a Painesville attorney, according to court records. The case will be heard in the courtroom of Judge Ronald Vettel, according to court records.

Prosecutors and police say Brown in January paid an acquaintance $4,000 to murder Lisa Luke, the first wife of Brown’s late husband. Brown apparently feared Luke or her three children would receive money from an insurance settlement stemming from the man’s death in a 2011 traffic crash, authorities have said.

The would-be hitman, however, turned out to be a man who had worked for the sheriff’s department as a confidential information. The man revealed the plot to Sheriff William Johnson, and detectives immediately launched an investigation that resulted in Brown’s arrest several hours later, according to reports.

Brown is free on a $50,000 cash/surety bond loaded with conditions, including she wear an electronic monitor that allows authorities to track her movements and location, according to reports.