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Woman accused of hiring hit man to kill random fur-wearer

By Khara Lewin, CNN
updated 8:40 PM EST, Wed February 22, 2012
Meredith Marie Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is charged with a federal count of solicitation to commit murder.
Meredith Marie Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is charged with a federal count of solicitation to commit murder.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Meredith Lowell is accused of contacting a hit man to kill a random fur-wearer
  • She allegedly requested the murder take place at a local library and that she be present
  • She said that the target should be at least 12 years old, but "preferably 14 years or older"
  • Her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment

(CNN) -- A self-proclaimed animal rights activist in Ohio has been charged with soliciting a hit man to kill a random person wearing fur, either by shooting the individual or slitting his or her throat.

Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, is accused of creating a phony Facebook profile with the intention of contacting a would-be killer, according to the affidavit filed in an Ohio district court.

Lowell allegedly posted on the social media website the following request: "I would like to create an online community on facebook which would allow me to find someone who is willing to kill someone who is wearing fur toward the end of October 2011 or early November 2011 or possibly in January 2012 or February 2012 at the latest."

An undercover FBI agent then contacted her, posing as a hit man after the agency subpoenaed Facebook to uncover details about her profile.

She then allegedly requested that the murder take place at a local library and that she be present so that she could then hand out documents about animal cruelty after the homicide.

"Bring a sharp knife that is at least 4 inches long, it should be sharp enough to stab someone with and/or to slit their throat to kill them," Lowell allegedly wrote in an e-mail, according to the affidavit.

The individual should be at least 12 years old, but "preferably 14 years or older," Lowell allegedly wrote.

"I want the person dead in less than 2 minutes (under 2 minutes or 1 minute or less would be better.)"

In April 2011, Lowell allegedly sent an e-mail to the Cleveland Heights Police Department in which she "indicated that she had been investigating the fur industry and believes the police should also conduct an investigation," according to the affidavit.

Lowell was arrested Tuesday by federal marshals and is awaiting a hearing.

Her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

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