UDPATED: 12:12 A.M. Friday October 28, 2011
LYNDHURST, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Lyndhurst woman was arrested for allegedly putting a hit on her ex’s new girlfriend. CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis talked to the suspect’s lawyer about the murder for hire.
A chilling criminal complaint revealed a New Jersey woman’s scorn. Nicole Facenda, of Lyndhurst, allegedly plotted to kill her boyfriend’s new girlfriend. She’s accused of hiring a hitman, who turned out to be a federal ATF agent.
Facenda’s attorney, John Bruno, and his team deny their client is a killer.
“She felt that she was being scammed, there was parts of it that she didn’t think we ever real,” Bruno said.
But the complaint states Facenda was recorded via phone and on a wire saying “…she has watched a lot of lifetime movies and wanted to make sure that the undercover hitman was not a cop,” that she’ll “piss on the (victim-girlfriend’s) grave and go to her funeral and spit on the casket…” and she’ll be “…happy when the victim-girlfriend is buried and six feet under.”
“She’s in shock right now. This was never something that registered as being a reality,” Bruno said.
It was at a Red Robin restaurant in Clifton, where the details of the hit were finalized — the $10,000 cost and that the boyfriend’s new girlfriend would be shot in the head.
No one would answer the door at Facenda’s Lyndhurst home. She’s in jail and was arrested before any murder could be committed.
A neighbor says Faccenda’s two children, one by her now ex-boyfriend, are being cared for by her mother.
“I feel bad for her, and I feel bad for the boyfriend or whatever, and the kids, there’s two kids there,” neighbor Ronald Zuk said.
Still, Facenda’s alleged statements made it clear, she “…wants to chop up the victim-girlfriend’s body into pieces and spread them around in the river.”
If convicted, Facenda faces up to ten years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
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