Feds: Ohioan against fur planned murder-for-hire

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Federal authorities say an Ohio woman describing herself as an animal rights activist has been charged with soliciting murder in a plot to kill someone wearing fur.

Court records show 27-year-old Meredith Lowell of Cleveland Heights appeared Tuesday in federal court in Cleveland and was ordered held by the U.S. Marshals Service pending a hearing next week.

Investigators say the FBI was notified in November of a Facebook page Lowell created with an alias offering $830-$850 for the hit.

Investigators say an FBI employee posing as a possible killer learned via email correspondence that Lowell wanted the victim to be at least 12 years old and wanted to be on site when the slaying took place so she could distribute "papers" afterward.

One of her defense attorneys declined comment.