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Chesapeake woman's murder-for-hire case heading to trial

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) -- A Chesapeake woman accused of trying to have a family member murdered will now move to circuit court. 

Amy Klutz waived her preliminary hearing Thursday. 

Prosecutors say in January, Klutz made a list of demands for her estranged husband, demands he would have to perform before she took him back. On that list was killing a family member.

“She is a strong young woman,” said attorney Andrew Sacks. She is a dedicated mother and I think all things considered she is doing as well as hoped given what's been thrown at her.”

During Klutz’ bond hearing, prosecutors played a portion of recorded argument between Klutz and her husband -- she was upset when he said he wouldn't follow through with her plan.

“This has been an exceedingly difficult time for her and her family even before the charge before itself was brought,” Sacks added. 

Attorneys pointed to another conversation during which Klutz allegedly said she could put a bullet into the family member's head.

Prosecutors told the judge about infidelities in the Klutz marriage. There was an affair with the family member who Klutz is accused of wanting killed.

"It's an American nightmare," Sacks said. "This is what everybody sees on television and on movies, being thrown on jail, taken from your family, and she's innocent."

Klutz is a stay-at-home mom with two children who is battling depression.

“She is presumed to be innocent and at this point she simply waived her preliminary hearing for reasons that I believe are sound,” Sacks said 

A trial date has not yet been set. 


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