Southwest Missouri woman charged in plan to kill ex-mother-in-law

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-05 17:48:45-05

CAMDENTON, Mo. — A southwest Missouri real estate agent was charged Friday with conspiring to have her former mother-in-law killed.

Leigh Ann Bauman, 43, was arrested Thursday afternoon and was being held in the Camden County Jail without bond.

Bauman agreed to pay people in St. Louis $1,500 to make her ex-mother-in-law's death look like an accident, the Camden County prosecutor's office said in a news release. Bauman was upset that the woman was interfering with her relationship with her children, the prosecutor said.

A witness recorded a conversation with Baumann about the plot.

“In the recording, Bauman was asked multiple times if she was sure she wanted to hire these people, and she confirmed,” said prosecutor said. “Bauman stated specially that she knew as a Christian it was wrong, but she could ask for forgiveness.”

Bauman reportedly also sent a text message to her daughter stating “your grandmother will die.”

Online court records do not name an attorney for Bauman.

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