CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — Leigh Ann Bauman tried to pay for her ex-mother-in-law to be killed, according to the Camden County Prosecutor.
Bauman was charged Friday with felony Conspiracy to Commit Murder, 1st Degree. Prosecutor Caleb Cunningham says troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control were contacted by the attorney of a witness who was solicited to hire people to kill Bauman’s ex-mother-in-law. Bauman believed the ex-mother-in-law was interfering with Bauman’s relationship with her children, according to a Friday press release.
The witness recorded Bauman’s alleged request and agreement to pay $1,500 for individuals from St. Louis to make the ex-mother-in-law’s death “look like an accident.” Cunningham said Bauman can be heard in the recording being asked multiple times if she was sure she wanted to hire these people, and she confirmed, though she reportedly said she knew as a Christian it was wrong but she could ask for forgiveness.
Bauman allegedly sent a text message to Bauman’s daughter reading “your grandmother will die,” and because of the threat, Bauman explained to the witness that she wanted the ex-mother-in-law killed in Hermann, Cunningham said.
Prosecutors requested a no-bond warrant on Bauman due to her ties to multiple states, finances, danger to the victim, and her statement that she would be getting out very shortly.