LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A Fort Myers wife is behind bars in Lee County, accused of plotting to have her husband killed. Authorities say she promised the "hitman" money and a motorcycle.
On Thursday, September 8, 2011, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received information about 40 year old Bettina Desiree Quebbeman, also known as Bettina Desiree Meixel, seeking someone to murder her husband.
Due to the nature of the allegation, detectives with the Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit were assigned to investigate.
On Friday the 9th, an undercover detective posing as the "hitman" called the suspect and arranged to meet in person.
Authorities say the suspect and undercover detective arrived at the agreed upon location where terms were discussed.
Meixel promised to pay the operative $500 dollars on Tuesday, September 13th.
The remaining balance of $4,500 dollars would come afterward in the form of personal property, the target's motorcycle.
She agreed to provide a photo of Jason Meixel, her husband, along with additional information needed to commit the murder at the next meeting.
At approximately 6:00 pm Tuesday, the undercover detective met with the suspect again. Mrs. Meixel handed over the cash, along with the photo and specific details of her husband's daily activity.
She drove away in her 2011, black Audi convertible. While traveling along Alico Road, a traffic stop was initiated and she was taken into custody without incident.
Bettina Meixel has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder for conspiring to commit the violent felony crime.