Manatee woman accused of plotting ex-husband’s murder

Rachael Natalie Leahy, Manatee County Sheriff's Office photo

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Manatee County detectives say a 34-year-old woman tried paying someone to have her ex-husband murdered.

Detectives charged Rachael Natalie Leahy with solicitation of premeditated murder. She was arrested Thursday.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office started investigating Aug. 22 after receiving information Leahy wanted to have her ex, who is 59 years old, killed. During an undercover operation, Leahy hired an undercover detective to kill her former husband.

She agreed to pay $5,000 for the murder. She’d already handed over $2,500.

Leahy wanted to kill her ex to gain custody of their children, detectives said.

News Channel 8 talked with Leahy’s grandmother, Nancy Fulk. “It was a shock to me. I can’t hardly believe it,” Fulk said.

A neighbor said it’s a scary situation. “I know she wasn’t happy with the situation with the kids,” Lena Holloway said.

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