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Two jailed for Iowa murder plot


CRESCO, Iowa. (KTTC) -- Police Investigator's believe they have prevented a possible murder from taking place in Cresco, Iowa.

Two adults are in the Howard County Jail, one for conspiracy to commit murder, the other for hiring the person to do it.  In speaking with police investigator Rich Hollenbeck, this type of crime doesn't come around all that often, especially in Cresco.  

"She definitely had a plan on what to do and how to carry things out," said Hollenbeck.

According to authorities, 32 year old Malissa Farmer's plan was to hire someone to kill her ex-husband.  The question was, who would do it?  According to authorities she turned to 35 year old Daniel Padgett.

"Daniel wasn't the first one she approached," said Hollenbeck.  "She had actually approached somebody else but he didn't want anything to do with it. He stepped forward. He's the one that called us." 

Farmer was arrested at a home on 3rd St. SW.  "Malissa's been charged with soliciting to commit a murder which is a class 'C' felony. That carries a $10,000 bond. Daniel is being held on conspiracy to commit murder which is a class 'C' felony that's also a $10,000 bond," said Hollenbeck.

Farmer was also wanted by the county.

"They had a theft which tied into our case where a weapon was stolen and they also have charges on Malissa for that theft," said Hollenbeck.

It would appear a murder may have been prevented and a man's life saved.   "It's hard to judge a reaction. But I think he (the victim) is definitely frightened for it because he told me he was."

At least four different agencies were called on to help piece this investigation together which included the Dept of Criminal investigation, the Decorah Police Department, Howard County Sheriff's office and the Cresco Police.

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