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Woman Sentenced in Murder for Hire Scheme Following HSI Dallas-Led Investigation

Release Date: May 10, 2024

DALLAS — A Bedford woman who attempted to hire a hit man to kill her boyfriend’s lover was sentenced to federal prison, announced Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas Special Agent in Charge Lester R. Hayes Jr. and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton.

Michelle Murphy, 58, has been handed a nine-year prison sentence by U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman for her role in a murder for hire plot. She was charged in September 2023, pleading guilty in December 2023 to one count of murder for hire.

Court documents reveal that Murphy attempted to pay $10,510 using Bitcoin to an online source to have her boyfriend's lover killed. During the investigation, blockchain analysis showed that Murphy converted cash into cryptocurrency on multiple occasions, transferring approximately 0.358 BTC ($10,510) to a Bitcoin wallet she believed belonged to the intended recipient of the murder-for-hire.

Following the discovery, HSI special agents confronted Murphy and the boyfriend in question. After being informed of her Miranda rights, Murphy confessed that she had sought the services of a hit man upon learning of her boyfriend's affair.

HSI investigated with the assistance of the Bedford, Euless, Grapevine and Hurst Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Weybrecht prosecuted the case.

Members of the public can report crimes and suspicious activity by calling the HSI tip line at 877-4-HSI-TIP.

Learn more about HSI’s mission to increase public safety in your community on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @HSI_Dallas.

Last Updated: 05/10/2024
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