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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore man is speaking with WZZM 13 after he says a mother tried to hire him to kill her husband. But the plan fell apart after Carlos Ramos went to police and they set up a sting to arrest her.

Julia Merfeld, 21, was charged Thursday with trying to hire a hit man to murder her 27-year-old husband. Investigators say they believe Merfeld would have gone through with the scheme, if not for the courage of Ramos.

"I did what I thought I had to do because I thought that it was serious," he told WZZM 13.

Ramos says while he and Merfeld were working one night at a Muskegon area restaurant when she asked him to kill her husband.

"She first came to me in February. She was laughing and joking and I thought she was kidding. So I did not pay any mind to it," Ramos said.

He didn't tell anyone, hoping it would never come up again, but then three weeks later it did. "The more she talked about it, she started going into more details. I was never going to do it. I just could never bring myself to do something like that," Ramos explained.

Ramos says Merfeld wanted her husband Jacob murdered because divorce would be too difficult. "She told me 'I'm young and I just want to go out and have fun, hang out with whoever, and not feel bad about my husband.'"

Ramos says he did some heavy thinking. "If I would have talked her out of it, she could have said 'you know what-- I am not going to!' and then she still could have done it anyway. And I would still have to live with that."

After approaching police, an undercover detective, playing the role of a hit man, arranged a meeting with Merfeld in a parking lot. Thursday, a Muskegon judge gave police the authority to make an arrest and charge Merfeld with a felony that could carry punishment of life in prison if she is found guilty.

"I knew she was serious about getting it done. I knew she would be arrested, And I do not regret doing what I did by telling the authorities," said Ramos.

Police say Julia Merfeld's motive was a $400,000 life insurance police she hoped to collect. The Merfelds have two children, who are on vacation this week in New Jersey with their grandparents. The hit on her husband was to happen this week while the children were away.

Chris Zoladz, WZZM

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