Teutopolis Woman Arrested in Murder For Hire Plot

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Published on August 8 2013 7:03 pm
Written by Wayne Moran

A Teutopolis woman is in police custody after she allegedly tried to hire someone to kill her ex-boyfriend.

30-year-old Jennifer D. Inman was arrested Wednesday evening in Douglas County after police staged a covert operation in the parking lot of a business in Tuscola.  She is being held in Douglas County Jail under $500,000 bond after being charged with a Class X felony count of solicitation of murder for hire.

Douglas County sheriff's deputies contacted District 10 Illinois State Police on Tuesday evening requesting assistance with a possible murder for hire report.  An investigative team led by State Police Zone 5 Investigations was formed to identify the suspect and the targeted victim.  The information was deemed credible by authorities, indicating Inman wanted her ex-boyfriend killed.

At about 6pm Wednesday, an Illinois State Police covert operation, assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, was conducted at the business in Tuscola where agents gained statements and additional evidence that led to Inman's arrest.

Inman's bond was set in court Thursday morning.  The charge of solicitation of murder for hire is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 40 years in prison.

Police are not releasing the name of the targeted victim.

Zone 5 Commander Tad Williams of the Illinois State Police commended the work by police, saying, "It is apparent this arrest may have saved a life."