Preliminary hearing for woman accused of murder-for-hire plot

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HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- A Luzerne County woman denies trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband and his new wife. Police say she wanted them dead and was willing to give up her house to pay for the deed.

Eyewitness News first told you about the arrest of Agnes Marsicano from the Hazleton area two weeks ago. On Tuesday, she had her day in court and had a lot to say.

Marsicano insists she’s innocent and tried to explain what happened. But prosecutors say they know what went down- she allegedly hatched a plot to take out her ex-husband and his wife.

Marsicano maintained her innocence and said she did not know what she was doing.

“I got drunk and I was using medications that I take for emphysema and depression,” she said.

But Hazleton Police disagree, and say earlier this month she attempted the murder-for-hire plot.

Marsicano met with an undercover police officer, posing as a hitman, in the driveway of her home in Butler Township. Officers testified at a preliminary hearing that she offered the hitman $100 in cash and two expensive rings as down payment for the hit. She said once the job was done she would sign over her home to the hitman.

“I was under the influence of alcohol and medications,” she said at the hearing. “I’m being totally honest with you … I don’t even recall or remember those things, but God I would not do anything to hurt my children.”

Lead prosecutors insist she knew exactly what she was doing and spent days plotting the killings.

“We have no information regarding whether or not she was under the influence of alcohol or prescription medication over the time she made phone calls and she met with undercover officers to facilitate the plan to kill her ex-husband and his wife,” said Assistant District Attorney Justin Richards.

As for a motive, police say Marsicano felt her ex-husband ruined her life and she wanted to get back at him. At one point, she allegedly told the undercover officer to kill the wife because that would hurt her ex-husband more than him dying. She then allegedly said if he gets in the way to take them both out.

The district judge ruled there was enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Marsicano’s two daughters were in the courtroom and had no comment. Her ex-husband and his wife did not attend the hearing.

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