Louisville-area pediatrician tried hiring hitman to kill ex-husband, DOJ says

A Louisville pediatrician has been arrested, accused of hiring someone to murder her ex-husband.According to the US Department of Justice, Stephanie Russell, 52, contacted someone she believed she was hiring to kill her former spouse May 15. The “hitman” was actually an FBI Undercover Employee, the DOJ said. They said Russell agreed to pay $7,000 for the hit, and on May 18, Russell placed $3,500 outside of her medical office in a dropbox as half of the payment, agreeing to pay the other half once the murder took place.Russell works at Kidzlife Pediatrics in Norton Commons. She was arrested the next day.Russell is in federal prison in Oldham County. She made her first court appearance before a US Magistrate Judge in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday.If convicted, she faces a maximum term of up to 10 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system. The federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. The FBI and LMPD are investigating the case.

A Louisville pediatrician has been arrested, accused of hiring someone to murder her ex-husband.

According to the US Department of Justice, Stephanie Russell, 52, contacted someone she believed she was hiring to kill her former spouse on May 15.

The “hitman” was actually an FBI Undercover Employee, the DOJ said.

They said Russell agreed to pay $7,000 for the hit, and on May 18, Russell placed $3,500 outside of her medical office in a dropbox as half of the payment, agreeing to pay the other half once the murder took place.

Russell works at Kidzlife Pediatrics in Norton Commons.

She was arrested the next day.

Russell is in federal prison in Oldham County. She made her first court appearance before a US Magistrate Judge in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday.

If convicted, she faces a maximum term of up to 10 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

The federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI and LMPD are investigating the case.

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