Woman In Bitter Custody Battle Tried to Hire Hit Man to Kill Husband, According to Police

Posted on Feb 29, 2012
A Gig Harbor woman involved in a contentious custody battle was arrested last week after she tried to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Karen Lofgren, 47, was arrested following an investigation by Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives. The sheriff’s department was contacted in January by a probation officer, who supervised an offender who claimed that Lofgren had asked him to kill her husband.
Lofgren was involved in a high-conflict divorce with her husband, and the two were fighting over custody of their two children. Lofgren reportedly told the informant that her husband had a $1 million life insurance policy and she would pay the informant half of the policy for the arrangement of her husband’s death. 
Detectives started undercover surveillance in mid-February and recorded several conversations between Lofgren and the informant, during which the informant told Lofgren he had arranged for a hit man to come from out of state. KOMO News reports that the informant gave Lofgren several opportunities to change her mind, but she insisted on going forward with her husband’s murder and agreed to the “robbery gone bad” scenario the informant suggested.
On Tuesday, February 21, an undercover detective posing as the hit man met with Lofgren. Court documents said she gave him diamond earrings believed to be worth more than $5,000 as a down payment for her husband’s killing, as well as a photograph of her husband and the details of his schedule.
During a traffic stop on Thursday, February 23, Lofgren was taken into custody and is being held on $1 million bail.

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