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


A Louisville-area 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 was hiring to kill her ex-spouse on May 15. “hitman” was actually an undercover FBI employee, the DOJ said. They said Russell had agreed to pay $7,000 for the hit, and on May 18, Russell placed $3,500 outside his doctor’s office in a drop box as half the payment, agreeing to pay the other half once the murder has taken place. Russell works at Kidzlife Pediatrics in Norton Commons. She was arrested the next day. Russell is in the Oldham County federal prison. She made her first appearance before a U.S. judge in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. The FBI and LMPD are investigating the case.

A Louisville-area 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 was hiring to kill her ex-spouse on May 15.

The “hitman” was actually an undercover FBI employee, the DOJ said.

They said Russell had agreed to pay $7,000 for the hit, and on May 18, Russell placed $3,500 outside his doctor’s office in a drop box as half the payment, agreeing to pay the other half once the murder has taken place.

Russell works at Kidzlife Pediatrics in Norton Commons.

She was arrested the next day.

Russell is in a federal prison in Oldham County. She made her first appearance before a U.S. magistrate in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday.

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

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI and LMPD are investigating the case.


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