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Police: Lee Co. inmate plotted murder from jail

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -  Authorities in Lee County say it's a case they don't usually see- an inmate plotting to have someone on the outside killed as pay back.

But that is exactly what 42-year-old Marsha Hardy, a current prisoner at the Lee County Detention Center, is charged with.

Officials won't say what tipped them off about Hardy's alleged plotting but say it all went down from inside the jail.

"She had attempted to find an individual to kill two people which she believed to be responsible for her current incarceration," said Captain Allan Elkins with the Opelika Police Department.

As to how police caught on, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told WTVM in a statement over the phone: "Our office takes the appropriate measures to make sure we maintain a secure facility. That includes monitoring certain communications. Therefore, inmates should have a reduced expectation of privacy."

The Opelika woman has been behind bars since December when East Alabama investigators say they caught her cooking meth inside a Lee County home. She was charged with first degree manufacturing a controlled substance.

When it comes to her new case, police won't say who Hardy was trying to kill or who she asked to do her dirty work. But officials tell News Leader 9 her plan didn't get put into action and no one was hurt.

Marsha Hardy is still in the Lee County Detention Facility on all of her charges.

Next, she will face a judge for a probable cause hearing to determine if the case will move forward.

Opelika Police say the case is still under investigation and more arrests are possible.


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