Police say an animal rights activist in Ohio has been charged with soliciting a hitman to fatally shoot or slit the throat of a random fur-wearer.
Meredith Lowell, 27, appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland where a judge ordered her held by the U.S. Marshals Service pending a hearing next week, court records show. One of her defense attorneys, Walter Lucas, declined to comment.
Authorities say the FBI was notified in November of a Facebook page Lowell had made under the alias Anne Lowery offering $830 to $850 for the fatal hit and saying the ideal candidate would live in northeast Ohio, according to an FBI affidavit.
The affidavit says an FBI employee posing as a possible hitman later began emailing Lowell. She then offered him $730 in jewelry or cash for the killing of a victim of at least 12 years but “preferably 14 years old or older” outside a library near a playground in her hometown.