SALT LAKE CITY — If at first you don’t succeed … .
An elderly Utah woman on trial for trying to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband and who was accused of hiring a second contract killer while in jail, has been charged with trying to hire a third hitman, prosecutors said.
Linda Tracy Gillman, 70, was hit with the new charges on the same day she was convicted in the original case of trying to get her ex killed.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said, according to KSL-TV.
Gillman had originally been charged with giving an employee $5,000 to an employee to arrange for her ex-husband — a prominent bankruptcy lawyer — and his new wife to be killed in a way that looked like a drug overdose. She promised to hand over another $10,000 when the job was done.
But the man went to police instead.
While she was in jail, Gillman was charged with approaching another inmate who she thought was affiliated with a white supremacist gang, to arrange to have the original “hit man” killed so he couldn’t testify against her.
The case was ultimately dropped due to problems with the witness.
But as Gillman’s trial began, it surfaced that she had tried a third time to hire a contract killer to bump off the original “hitman” in the case involving her ex-husband and an attorney who had won a separate civil suit against her.
Authorities caught wind of that plot when they intercepted a check for $155,000 that was made out to relatives of a fellow inmate she had tried to get involved in setting up the hits.