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UPDATE: Merrill Woman Pleads No Contest in Murder for Hire Case

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By: WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATE: Fri 3:15 PM, May 16, 2014

A 33-year-old Merrill woman accused of attempting to hire someone to kill her fiancé has pleaded no contest.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Jessica Strom is convicted of Solicitation to Commit 1st Degree Intentional Homicide. According to court documents, Strom offered to pay a man $1,000 and sex, to shoot and kill her fiancé-- a local attorney.

By agreeing to a plea deal, Strom avoids a jury trial.

Strom is jailed on a $250,000 cash bond.

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UPDATE: Thurs 5:37 PM, Mar 13, 2014

A Merrill woman accused of offering to pay a man $1,000 and sex, to shoot and kill her fiancé has pleaded not guilty.

Jessica Strom, 33, is charged with conspiracy to commit 1st degree intentional homicide.

The alleged victim in the case is an attorney who works in Marathon County. Taylor County Ann Knox Bauer and Langlade County District Attorney, Ralph Uttke have been assigned to the case to avoid a conflict of interest.

Strom remains behind bars in the Marathon County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

A motion to lower Strom's bond has been denied.

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UPDATE: Tues 5:10 PM, Mar 4, 2014

Online court records show Taylor County Ann Knox Bauer has been assigned to hear future court proceedings for Jessica Strom.

Strom is a Merrill woman charged with conspiracy to commit 1st degree intentional homicide. Investigators say she offered to pay a man $1,000 and sex to shoot and kill her fiancé.

Strom's fiancé is an attorney in Marathon County.

Langlade County District Attorney, Ralph Uttke will act as prosecutor.

The case has stalled giving the new prosecutor enough time to review the case.

Strom remains behind bars in the Marathon County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

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UPDATE: Mon 3:56 PM, Mar 3, 2014

Court document state a 33-year-old Merrill charged with plotting to kill her fiancé, had been thinking of doing so for the last two years.

Jessica Strom remains behind bars on a $250,000 cash bond.

Court document say she was criminal justice major at NorthCentral Technical College.

Investigators say she offered an informant $1,000 and sex to shoot her fiancé at the law firm where he worked as an attorney. Court document state Strom drew a map of the business and provided information about neighbors' schedules.

Investigators say she told the informant to walk in, shoot the man, and “go home”. Strom also reportedly told the informant to walk to the business so his vehicle would not be seen. She also reportedly told the informant to make it appear like he weighed more and throw away his shoes after the shooting.

According to the criminal complaint, Strom said “I would do it but I'd be the first one they'd come after.”

Strom was arrested at her Merrill home. She denied that she was serious about the request and had intended to call it off, but was too busy.

She'll return to court March 12 to learn if the case will head to trial.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 2:46 PM, Mar 3, 2014

A 33-year-old Merrill woman remains behind bars on a$250,000 cash after she's accused of plotting to kill her fiancé .

Jessica Strom made her initial appearance in Marathon County Circuit Court Monday.

She's charge with conspiracy to commit first degree intentional homicide. Online court records list the offense date as Feb. 26.

Hannah Anderson was in the courtroom and will have more details during NewsChannel 7 at 5 p.m.


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