MUSKEGON, Mich. — Julia Charlene Merfeld said she wanted her husband killed because “it was easier than divorcing him.” That explanation came in a meeting with a man Merfeld thought she was hiring to do the murder.
Merfeld, 21, of Muskegon didn’t know the man was really an undercover police detective, or that she was being recorded on a hidden video camera.
Merfeld pleaded guilty June 27 to solicitation to murder. Chief Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti committed to cap her minimum sentence at six years. The maximum can be anything up to life in prison, depending on Marietti’s decision at her sentencing July 30.