Woman charged in murder-for-hire plot

Woman charged in murder-for-hire plot

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by KING 5 NEWS

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 3:33 PM

PIERCE COUNTY -- Karen Lofgren used her long blonde hair to try and shield her face as she entered a Pierce County courtroom. But court documents reveal shocking details about how the 47-year-old nurse and mother of two tried to hire someone to kill her estranged husband.

Investigators say Lofgren has been involved in a bitter divorce battle and reportedly told an informant her problems would go away if her husband was gone.

Investigators say their informant's brother used to work with Lofgren at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. The informant claims Lofgren approached him in January and said she needed help to get rid of her husband.

That man went to law enforcement who setup an elaborate sting. Starting February 17th, they recorded numerous conversations between Lofgren and the informant. On February 21st, an undercover detective posing as a "hit man" met with Lofgren. The detective says Lofgren gave him diamond earrings worth $5,000 as a down payment. Logren was arrested two days later.

Court documents obtained by KING 5 News show Lofgren was involved in a bitter divorce battle. In a petition filed in June, she told the court "I am afraid of my husband, he has used intimidation, manipulation and fear tactics for most of our relationship." Her husband, Todd Hardin responded with his own petition, saying, "I fear for my life. Karen is a very unstable person who will try anything to keep me from our girls."

Lofgren remains behind bars on $1M bail.

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