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Merrill woman accused of hiring hitman to kill fiance, attorney

Jessica Anne Strom
Jessica Anne Strom

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Merrill woman is behind bars, accused of trying to hire someone to kill her fiance.

33-year-old Jessica Anne Strom was in Marathon County court Monday. Prosecutors say they have audio and video evidence proving Strom tried to hire a former classmate and licensed pilot to walk into the intended victim’s Merrill law office and “blow his brains out” and fly the body to Door County.

The former classmate was allegedly offered sex and $1,000 for his services. The classmate met with Strom Thursday in a Wausau restaurant, and informed law enforcement of the details.

A special prosecutor is likely to be appointed to handle the case, and Judge Michael Moran has recused himself as well, because they are all familiar with the intended victim.

Strom is being held on a $250,000 cash bond awaiting her March 12th preliminary hearing before Judge Jill Falstad.  Her two sons and daughter are with other family members.