Missouri prosecutor charges realtor for murder-for-hire conspiracy involving ex-mother-in-law

Missouri prosecutor charges realtor for murder-for-hire conspiracy involving ex-mother-in-law
Leigh Ann Bauman, 43, of Lake Ozark, faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. (Source: KY3)

CAMDENTON, Mo. (KY3) - The Camden County prosecutor filed charges against a realtor in a scheme to kill her ex-mother-in-law.

Leigh Ann Bauman, 43, of Lake Ozark, faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, which is a class C felony. Prosecutors asked a judge for no bond because of her finances and danger to the victim.

Investigators with the Missouri Highway Patrol were contacted by a witness. The witness taped a conversation involving Bauman. The witness told investigators Bauman asked the witness to hire individuals from St. Louis to make the death of her ex-mother-in-law look like an “accident.” Investigators say she offered them $1,500 to kill her in Hermann, Mo. Investigators say Bauman was asked multiple times if she was sure about the hire. Investigators say she told them she knew as a Christian it was wrong, but she could ask for forgiveness.

Investigators say Bauman believed the ex-mother-in-law was interfering with the relationship Bauman had with her children. According to a probable cause statement, Bauman told the witness her ex-mother-in-law was the reason there was a strain in Bauman’s relationship with her daughter.

Court documents say Bauman believed her ex-husband and ex-mother-in-law were going to take Bauman to court for full custody of the children. Investigators say a text message from Bauman to her children read “your grandmother will die.”

Investigators say the ex-mother-in-law has not been harmed and her location is being kept private to protect her.

Bauman is in jail without bond. Prosecutor Caleb Cunningham says because of her ties to the community and access to money, there are concerns she would leave the state easily. Court documents say when arrested, Bauman said she would be getting out very shortly.

If convicted, Bauman faces up to 10 years in prison.

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