|Published:||Oct 08, 2010 3:43 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 08, 2010 12:36 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The new attorney for a woman accused of trying to hire someone to kill her husband talked to WINK. He said not everything is how it appears.
Kimberly Alters faces a number of charges, including Solicitation to Commit Murder. Her Attorney Wilbur Smith III, said he's known Alters and her family for years, and a crime so heinous - is far from her character. He coached her son in little league, and only knows she and her husband as devoted, loving people.
"I think this case is going to turn out much differently than it's portrayed," Smith said.
Alters is accused of offering a hit man a $40,000 Harley Davidson in exchange for killing her husband.
A confidential informant told WINK, "She brought an 8x10 photo, the money, and there was an undercover officer with me."
The informant, also a patient at Renaissance Wellness, where Alters worked, alleged it was an abusive relationship that may have pushed Kimberly to do the unthinkable. Her attorney doubts it.
"There have never been any charges brought by either against the other," Smith said. "There's never been any restraining orders, I don't think there's any calls to the house. There could be some manipulation, there could be ulterior motives that are disguised from the police."
While Smith said he has yet to see the surveillance tapes that captured the meeting between Alters and the informant, he has his suspicions as to what may be driving the case.
"I think she was set up, that's what I think, and she unwittingly fell into a trap. That's what I think, but that's just preliminary," Smith said.
Smith said the phones at his law firm have been ringing off the hook with people asking how they can help. He says it's the most calls he's ever received on a case. If convicted, Alters faces up to 30 years in prison.
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