Bond Set At Half Million In Circleville Murder-For-Hire Scheme

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A Circleville woman is behind bars on a half-million dollars bond, accused of trying to hire someone to kill her stepchildren’s mother.

Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff says a tip to a patrol deputy sparked the investigation that uncovered the murder-for-hire scheme by 32-year-old Tara Lambert. 

Radcliff says an undercover deputy from Franklin County who “looked the part” met with Lambert at a fast food restaurant in Circleville on Tuesday.  Court records reveal Lambert brought $125 as a down payment to have her husband’s ex killed.   Investigators say Lambert brought a photograph of the intended victim, as well as the woman’s address and other particulars about the house where she lives.

Sheriff Radcliff says after Lambert developed a plan to have the woman killed, she went shopping at Walmart and was arrested in the parking lot.  

10TV searched juvenile records and found Lambert’s husband and the mother of his children are involved in an ongoing child custody dispute.  Court records show Tara Lambert received a subpoena to testify at a hearing scheduled for July 21, just one week before she’s accused of meeting with the undercover officer posing as a hit man.

“It was almost like … what you see on TV,” Radcliff describes.  “Crime series or crime stories; this whole situation.”

The 32-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder   A Pickaway County judge says if Lambert  - who has no criminal history - is convicted of the charge, she could face a maximum sentence of 11 years behind bars.