By Frank Lewis
Pickaway County authorities are not releasing the name of the Scioto County woman they say was the intended victim in a murder for hire plot.
The Pickaway County Sheriff ‘s Office informed the Daily Times Wednesday morning that Tara Lambert, 32, of Circleville, Ohio was arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff said his office received information that Lambert was attempting to hire someone to murder a Scioto County woman. However, that department did not release the woman’s name.
The attempt was apparently foiled by the work of an undercover Pickaway County detective. According to the investigation, the undercover deputy was introduced to Lambert. From there a meeting took place in the south business district off U.S. 23 in Circleville.
That is where the deputy said plans were finalized, money and a photograph of the intended victim were exchanged with that undercover deputy. Lambert was taken into custody outside of Walmart located on South Court Street in Circleville. She was transported to the Pickaway County Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit murder.
Radcliff said the incident remains under investigation by his office.
Captain David Hall of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office said Scioto County authorities assisted in the investigation.
“We assisted with the investigation from our end,” Hall said. “I can’t give the name of the victim or where they live.”
The Times was unable to reach Lieutenant Dale Parish, who is handling the case, at the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning.
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