A realtor and powerboat racer in the Lake of the Ozarks is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to kill her former mother-in-law.
Leigh Ann Bauman, 44, was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in March on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, local outlet LakeExpo reports. She pleaded not guilty and was released on a $400,000 bond, according to LakeExpo.
Bauman, who refers to herself as a realtor, artist, entrepreneur, cheer mom and “world record offshore powerboat racer” is accused of trying to get her former mom-in-law killed because Bauman felt that she was causing a rift in her relationship with her daughters, the Daily Beast reports.
She allegedly asked a friend for tips on how to hire a hitman on March 1.
Bauman allegedly told that friend that “she knew it was wrong as a Christian, but said she would go to church and ask for forgiveness after it was done,” a probable cause statement, obtained by the Daily Beast, states.
That friend soon called her own lawyer, who in turn called the police.
Bauman’s former husband filed a petition for an order of protection for himself and his children following the arrest. He accused his ex wife of making “numerous threats to destroy me, personally and professionally,” the Daily Beast reported.
“My daughters, my family and I have endured so much emotional and psychological damage from Leigh Ann Bauman’s actions over the past 15 years,” he stated in the order. “Now, her most recent actions of attempting to hire a hit man to kill my mother, have proven that she will stop at nothing if she feels/thinks/imagines someone is not doing what she wants.”
Bauman, who is well known in the Lake of the Ozarks resort community, has not immediately returned Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Her boyfriend, Italian powerboat racer Serafino Cazzani told the Daily Beast that he feels that Bauman was “encouraged, betrayed, and entrapped” by a person “she considered a friend.”
“You’re drunk with your friend one night and say, ‘Yeah I hate my boyfriend,’” he told the outlet. “Next thing you know the friend goes to the cops and says, ‘She’s planning a murder.’”
The Daily Beast notes that Bauman’s supporters believe that the friend who turned her in did so for leverage in her own pending criminal case. The woman faces trial in September receiving stolen property.
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