Jesusadelaida “Jesse” Lopez wasn’t exactly subtle about her intentions, police say.
Faced with felony charges for operating an unsanctioned weight loss clinic in central Florida, the 40-year-old allegedly decided that her husband, Daniel Lopez, was the key witness whose testimony would keep her stuck behind bars. So when a strange man contacted her in the Polk County Jail and the two struck up a conversation, authorities say, it didn’t take long before the inmate revealed what she really wanted: her husband dead.
“Can it be like an accident like a robbery gone wrong or something that cannot come back to me like it was a plan,” Lopez wrote in the undated letter, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. “You are my angel.”
To say the scheme backfired would be an understatement. Lopez was actually communicating with an undercover cop, and she now faces additional charges for solicitation to commit murder, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a Wednesday news conference. The not-so-covert plot, which police say involved euphemistic talk of “removing a tree,” was all captured in emails and recorded phone calls likely to further complicate Lopez’s divorce and ongoing legal woes.