A Castle Rock woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-boyfriend pleaded not guilty to first-degree solicitation to commit murder Tuesday morning at the Cowlitz County jail.

Maegan Ward, 34, is accused of giving $700 and offering another $1,800 to convince a man previously convicted of murder to kill Kevin Hill, her 45-year-old ex-boyfriend.

Ward reportedly knew the would-be hit man through his wife, her coworker at a Longview retail store. The man told police that Ward had approached him repeatedly to kill Hill. Ward gave him $700 and offered to give him another $1,800 once he agreed to complete the killing, he told officers.

“Maegan was adamant about having Kevin killed as soon as possible,” according to court documents.

Castle Rock Police Sgt. Charlie Worley said the acquaintance was initially planning to go through with Ward’s plans, but he got cold feet and contacted police through his probation officer.

After speaking with police, the man agreed to wear a wire to tape a conversation with Ward to go over the details of the killing. The man told police that Ward’s plan was for him to wait for a train to go by and then strangle Hill, then shoot him in the mouth to make his death appear to be a suicide.

Ward told police she only wanted him to “scare” Hill. However, she was recorded telling the acquaintance that she “still (wants) it done” in response to the man asking if she wants him to kill Hill, according to police records.

Ward remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail, and is scheduled for a January 22 trial.

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