Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported that a Pennsylvania woman attempted to hire a hitman to murder the current wife of her ex-husband as well as her 13-year-old daughter.
Two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of third-degree money laundering have been filed against Marilyn Zhou, 56, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
This month, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office received information that Zhou was seeking assistance with a murder for hire.
Onofri said Zhou approached an undercover officer on Sunday morning in Trenton and told the officer she wanted to kill her ex-husband’s new wife.
To carry out the murder, Zhou provided the undercover officer with two color photographs of the victim, $21,000 in cash, rubber nitrile gloves, and a towel. According to the authorities, she also advised the undercover officer that if the victim’s 13-year-old daughter was present at the time of the murder, she should also be killed.
Once the murder was completed, Zhou promised to provide the undercover officer with an additional $20,000, Onofri said.
Zhou was taken into custody shortly after the meeting. Later that night, SIU members assisted Pennsylvania State Police in searching Zhou’s Chadds Ford home. In the course of investigating the murder, detectives found $18,000 and items she instructed the undercover officer to use to kill the victim and her daughter.
In preparation for her trial, the prosecutor filed a motion to detain her.