The story of a Missouri Realtor who allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband’s mother and make it “look like an accident” reads more like a Hollywood crime thriller than real life.
Leigh Ann Bauman, a self-described “pistol-packing cheer mom,” faces conspiracy to commit murder charges as a result of the alleged plot, which reportedly included her being prepared to pay someone $1,500 to kill her children’s grandmother, The Daily Beast reported.
Her motivation to whack her former mother-in-law was said to be because she was certain the woman was causing a strain in her relationship with her daughter. Court documents show that she also believed her ex-husband and former mother-in-law were going to take her to court to get full custody of the children.
She allegedly asked a friend for leads on a potential hitman and the friend contacted her lawyer, who then contacted the police, according to the website. Bauman told the friend “she knew it was wrong as a Christian, but she would go to church and ask for forgiveness after it was done.”
The 44-year-old realtor allegedly texted a message to her daughter before her arrest: “Just because your grandma WILL die soon, please do not throw your REAL mother under the bus.”
Bauman is a world record-winning power boater from the Lake of the Ozarks, and she told troopers interviewing her about the allegations that she would have to end things because she had an appointment to get Botox injections.
When the troopers explained why they were at her residence, Bauman “gasped and blamed everything on the witness,” according to KRCG.
Calling her friend a “hustler,” Bauman said she was trying to get money from her and that the friend suggested the hitman when she was venting about her mother-in-law. The friend reportedly recorded parts of her interaction with Bauman, turning the recordings over to police.
The Daily Beast detailed a Facebook interview Bauman did in October thanking God for winning the championship powerboat racing title.
“The reason I’ve been having all this success is because I turned my life over to Jesus Christ three weeks ago, four weeks ago,” she said in the video, the article stated.
“Life was empty and now it is so full,” she added. “We are so lucky and blessed. I sold $1.7 million the next week, and then won two world champion race titles as your local female race girl, and it’s all because of Jesus and just being a good neighbor and friend, trying to be better than you were the day before…”
The 74-year-old grandmother told the court at Bauman’s March 16 bail hearing that she was afraid not only for herself, but her grandchildren if Bauman was released, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“Right now, I’m scared to death that if she would be out she not only would want to hurt me, she wouldn’t hesitate to hurt her daughters to get even with me. And she wouldn’t hesitate to hurt my children because she knows it would destroy me,” the woman said.
Bauman was eventually released on a $400,000 bond. Her ex-husband filed a petition for a protection order for himself and the children, accusing his ex of making “numerous threats to destroy me, personally and professionally,” according to the Daily Beast. He spoke of years of physical and emotional abuse from Bauman, and even detailed an incident where she allegedly pulled a gun on a pizza delivery driver.
“Leigh Ann has always acted like she was above the law,” the man said in filing the successful petition. “My daughters, my family and I have endured so much emotional and psychological damage from Leigh Ann Bauman’s actions over the past 15 years. Now, her most recent actions of attempting to hire a hitman to kill my mother, have proven that she will stop at nothing if she feels/thinks/imagines someone is not doing what she wants.”
Bauman vehemently denies the allegations against her, along with her circle of friends and family.
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