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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bitter divorce and custody battle has landed a Louisville woman in jail, accused of trying to hire a hitman.
According to an arrest report, 34-year-old Elizabeth Stakelbeck allegedly tried to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill her ex-husband and his current wife. Police say Stakelbeck also threatened the life of their own child.
Police say Stakelbeck told them she would rather take her own child's life than allow her ex-husband to take custody of the child.
A meeting with Stakelbeck and an FBI agent she believed was a "hitman" was set up on Aug. 19.
Stakelbeck tried to pay the agent with prescription narcotics that she delivered in the original container with her name and address listed, according to police.
Police say Stakelbeck also threatened to harm herself. She faces two charges of solicitation to murder and one charge of trafficking in a controlled substance.
During a hearing on Aug. 21, a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf and bond was set at $250,000 cash.