$100,000 bail set for wife held in hiring of killer

December 06, 2007|By ARIN GENCER

A Westminster woman charged with solicitation to commit murder was being held at the county detention center on $100,000 bail after a review hearing yesterday.

Mary L. Gates, 46, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police. Gates' husband, Kevin L. Gates, had contacted the Carroll County state's attorney's office last month with concerns that his wife was trying to have him killed, police said.

During an investigation, state police discovered allegations that Gates had tried several times to hire someone to kill her husband, with whom she lived, police said.

An undercover trooper met with Gates, who offered him $6,000 for the murder and provided a photograph of her husband, as well as his work schedule, police said.

A preliminary hearing for Gates is scheduled Jan. 2.

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