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Woman arrested in alleged murder for hire plot

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FOUKE, Ar. -

A Fouke, Arkansas woman is behind bars accused of plotting to kill her estranged husband.

Kevin Mercer says he had been married to Kelly Mercer, 46, for about two years.

While he says he knew they were having martial problems, he didn't think she wanted him dead.

He says earlier in the week, Kelly contacted a mutual friend of theirs and offered to hire him as a hit man.

That's when the friend contacted authorities, who he says set up a sting.

"If she had not gone to him and found someone who had not known me, I probably would not be standing here," said Mercer.

Kelly Mercer is in jail on charges of soliciting to committ murder.

She was arrested by Miller County deputies Wednesday.

While in court Thursday the judge withdrew a protective order that Mercer requested before her arrest.

She claims her husband was physically abusive to her and that she was afraid that he might kill her.

Her bond was set at $60,000.

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