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Special prosecutor named for murder plot case

WAUSAU (WAOW) – The district attorney from Langlade County was named Tuesday as special prosecutor for a Merrill woman accused of offering $1,000 and sex to hire a hit man to kill her boyfriend.

The plot was foiled when the targeted hit man, a friend of the woman's, contacted police, leading to the arrest of Jessica A Strom, 33, who was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit first-degree intentional homicide.

Because the alleged victim is a Wausau area attorney, the Marathon County District Attorney's office has worked with the man. Langlade County District Attorney Ralph Uttke was named special prosecutor, and Taylor County Circuit Judge Ann Knox-Bauer was appointed to preside over the case, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint, Strom met with a former criminal justice classmate in Wausau last week and tried to convince him to kill the attorney because she was in a “bad relationship” with him.

Strom wanted the friend to use a gun in the killing, which she advised should occur in the attorney's office, the complaint said.

The friend went to police and cooperated with investigators who recorded a meeting between Strom and the friend at a downtown Wausau restaurant where they talked about the murder plot, including drawing some plans on a napkin, the complaint said.

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