LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville doctor faces federal chargesaccused of trying to pay an undercover FBI agent to kill her ex-husband.
The The Justice Department said Stephanie Russell, 52, contacted an undercover FBI agent, who was posing as a hitman, and agreed to pay the agent $7,000 in exchange for murdering her ex-husband.
Russell allegedly left a partial payment of $3,500 outside her doctor’s office in a drop box on Wednesday and agreed to pay the other half after her ex-husband died.
She was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday and taken to the Oldham County Detention Center at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Court records say Russell’s ex-husband filed for divorce in 2018 and it became final in 2020. The two were involved in an ongoing custody dispute before his arrest.
Russell is a pediatrician at KidzLife Pediatrics in Prospect. A “closed” sign was posted on the door of the hospital on Friday morning.
The Louisville Metro Police Department assisted the FBI in the investigation.
If convicted, Russell could face 10 years in federal prison, where there is no parole.
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