Durham woman charged with hiring hitman

December 28, 2010 8:41:01 PM PST
The Durham County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that detectives have charged a woman with trying to hire a hitman to kill her husband.

Thirty-nine-year-old Teressa Michelle Holman of 2803 Framer Ln. was arrested for alleged solicitation to commit murder.

Authorities said last Wednesday, detectives got information from a source stating that Holman was looking to hire someone to kill her husband prior to the Christmas holiday.

"It was a lot of adrenaline, because you know you're saving someone's life," Lt. Stan Harris said. "Got a guy who did an excellent job of posing as a hitman."

On Thursday evening, officials say Holman showed up in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on E. Geer St. with a down payment for the hit.

"It's compelling cause she was determined," he said. "She wanted him dead."

An undercover officer posing as a hitman contacted Holman and the conversation was recorded.

"She didn't want to see us; she thought she was there to talk to a hitman who turned out to be a detective," Harris said.

Holman was taken into custody. Authorities say she also brought her 6-year-old son with her to seal the deal.

"What was going on in her mind," Harris said. "I mean it makes you think as a parent."

Harris says when they told her husband about the alleged plot, "He ran a gamut of emotions, from disbelief, to 'Oh my God,' to, 'Wow ... how could she do this.'"

Authorities are looking into whether an insurance policy was a motivating factor.

"No matter what the motive is, no one deserves that type of treatment, especially when you're supposed to be married to someone," Harris said. "We're just glad that person came forward with the information, because it probably saved the husband's life."

Holman remains behind bars under a $200,000 bond. Her next court date is set for Jan. 20.

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