Facebook murder plot busted by aunt
A US teenager is being accused of plotting to kill her family - a scheme that was discovered by her own aunt, who was posing as a man on Facebook to see what her niece was up to online.
Marissa Williams, 19, faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted on one count of solicitation for murder, a class-A felony, for her alleged plot to kill several relatives and even a family pet.
Police said Williams had in April moved in with her aunt's family in Alabama, where she started to meet men online and invite them to the house.
Frustrated by this behaviour, her aunt created a Facebook alter ego, Tre 'Topdog' Ellis, to befriend her niece, said Lieutenant Andy Norris.
Williams began chatting online with the fictional Ellis late last month, inviting him over and offering to have sex with him in exchange for covering her $50 cellphone bill, Norris said.
At one point, she told Ellis that she was sick of her family and asked him to shoot dead her aunt, her aunt's fiancee, Williams' cousin and the family dog and to run away with him, Norris said.
Upon reading the request, the aunt contacted the sheriff's office. Williams admitted to police she had asked her Facebook friend for the favour, but said she did not intend to actually have anyone killed, Norris said.
Norris said Williams' her approach to enlisting a hitman was not typical.
"Usually they try to get a friend or an acquaintance to do it, someone they can trust," he said. "This isn't normal behaviour."
Williams was arrested on Tuesday and was due in court later this week.