Police charge Idaho Springs woman in murder-for-hire plot
Ryan Summerlin June 19, 2014
The 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, June 18, announced it has filed solicitation of first-degree murder charges against Haley Stanfield, of Idaho Springs, in Clear Creek County District Court.
Stanfield, 20, allegedly approached an unidentified man on several occasions and attempted to persuade him to kill her ex-boyfriend, according to a district attorney’s office news release. Stanfield’s plan allegedly involved providing the man with a detailed map to her ex-boyfriend’s home, as well as a diagram of the interior.
The man is cooperating with Idaho Springs police and has not been charged with a crime, the release stated.
Stanfield also is the mother of a toddler who died May 6 after paramedics responded to a report of him choking. Following that incident, it was discovered the toddler had sustained other injuries. Stanfield also is under investigation for child abuse resulting in death. Her ex-boyfriend is under investigation in that case as well.
District Attorney Bruce Brown said Stanfield marked her ex-boyfriend for murder because he could potentially serve as a witness in the child abuse investigation.
“This case exemplifies an extraordinary occurrence where a witness is targeted by a suspect,” Brown said in the release. “Such callous attempts to target witnesses do not merely strike at individuals, but are a frontal attack on the judicial system, which depends upon the cooperation of everyday citizens to investigate and prosecute those responsible for crime.”
Stanfield was arrested May 28 and remains in custody on $50,000 bond in Clear Creek County jail. A request to have her bond reduced was denied Wednesday by district judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez during a preliminary demand hearing in district court.
Stanfield is scheduled to return to district court at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, for a preliminary hearing.
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