A prominent Colorado lawyer is facing a slew of charges after she has been accused of contracting a hitman to murder her husband’s new girlfriend.
Jennifer Emmi, 43, was arrested in late January and charged with hiring a former sniper and ranch hand to “take out” the family’s former au pair, who later became her estranged husband’s romantic partner, according to the Denver Post.
Timothy Lindsay, who Emmi allegedly attempted to hire as a hitman, ultimately notified authorities of the murder for hire plot in 2020.
Over the course of several phone calls, Emmi asked the 28-year-old Colorado ranch hand if he could “get rid” of her husband’s girlfriend, authorities said.
“Nobody will miss her,” she told him, the affidavit alleged.
She allegedly gave the man the name and address of the intended target.
Lindsay also disclosed the pair had discussed the logistics of a “hit,” including possible location and price tag, which could cost $100,000.
“Money would not be a problem,” Emmi stated, he later told investigators, according to the affidavit.
Lindsay “played along,” according to investigators, and later tipped off police and Emmi’s husband to the suspected murder scheme.
Detectives also uncovered evidence on Emmi’s computer, further proving she’d researched how to successfully pull off the murder plot. She allegedly searched “how to get rid of the other woman for good,” according to the affidavit.
Emmi’s lawyer denied the accusations.
“This is a very serious allegation against Jennifer Emmi,” defense attorney Colin Bresee told CBS Denver. “It looked like the model family and all of a sudden her husband trades her in for a younger girl. She was irate.”
Bresee added that his client supposedly later called off the killing.
“With all due respect, it sounds very much like a woman scorned who had three children with a man and he traded her in for some young girl,” Bresee also told the Denver Post.
Emmi has mental health issues, the affidavit also states.
Emmi, an animal rights attorney, founded the non-profit Animal Law Center, hosted a Facebook show about animals, and was a fixture on cable news, where she discussed ongoing animal rights investigations.
The couple previously separated and were in the midst of divorce proceedings. Her husband asked for privacy as the case heads to trial.
“It’s a very sensitive topic, and I ask for people to respect the privacy of the family and the children,” he told CBS.
Emmi is also accused of blackmail and extortion. She’s been charged with more than a dozen felonies, including solicitation of first-degree murder, stalking, retaliation against a victim, assault, and a number of bail bond and protection order violations, online jail records show.
She’s being held on a $3 million cash bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 26.
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