Woman charged in connection to murder-for-hire plot

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MARYVILLE, Mo. -- A Maryville, Missouri woman is in federal custody after the US Attorney's office charged her with trying to hire someone to kill her boyfriend's wife and make it look like a messy drug deal.

But thanks to help from a source and some undercover investigating, everyone escaped alive.

A Facebook message, a forbidden romance, and a deal to kill the other woman; it all sounds like a made for TV movie, but according to court documents; it happened in Maryville, Missouri over the last month.

Prosecutors say Kristina Marie Swinford, 32, sent a message to someone in Iowa asking to meet in person in Maryville to discuss a serious matter.

After arriving that source says Swinford wanted a target, only named A.M. Or Angela in documents, to be killed or kidnapped, and she was looking for someone to make it happen.

Swinford allegedly blamed A.M. for the loss of her job and for keeping her away from her boyfriend, who was married to A.M.

Swinford then met with an undercover federal agent three times to negotiate a plan for getting rid of A.M., according to court documents.

She promised to pay $10,000 up front and $10,000 after the deed was done. Swinford was arrested on Friday, and she's in federal custody.

Her neighbors say they weren't home for the arrest, and they were surprised their relatively new neighbor was arrested.

"We didn't really hear a lot, just quiet," said Veronica, a neighbor of the suspect. "We didn't see any of it happen or anything, we didn't notice anything happening either,"

They say their biggest concern now is the children who were living at the home next door, and what will happen to them.

Documents show Swinford and the special agent she thought she was hiring, decided to make it look like a drug deal, and to cut off A.M.'s hands and head after shooting her then throw them in the river so her body would be difficult to identify.

Swinford will undergo a detention hearing on Thursday.

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