LI woman sought hitman to kill estranged husband's mother, daughter

David Caplan
July 30, 2019 - 2:14 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A 25-year-old Long Island woman was in a Suffolk County court Tuesday to face charges for an alleged murder-for-hire plot, in which she sought to have her estranged husband's mother-in-law and his five-year-old daughter with another woman killed, in order to get him back because she believed he was spending too much time with them and that it would bring them back together.  

Elsy Rodriguez Garcia is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of conspiracy. She's being held on $750,000 bail. She pleaded not guilty. 

She sought to kill the man's mother and daughter after he said he wanted a divorce. They separated in January. She then proceeded to attempt to hire a hitman.

Prosecutors said she also tried to enlist her former brother-in-law for help with the hit, which she wanted while the ex-mother-in-law and girl were visiting Ecuador. 

Garcia thought the murders would bring the couple back together, prosecutors said. The pair also have a two-year-old daughter together. 

"The defendant told the coconspirator that she wanted to have them disappear, so that her ex-husband would spend more time with her and their child. She believed the targets were visiting Ecuador and insisted that the murders be carried out in Ecuador because the chances of detection and prosecution would be less. She was surely mistaken," said Timothy Sini, Suffolk County District Attorney.

Prosecutors said Garcia agreed to pay $6,000 after seeing photos doctored by police of her estranged husband's mother and daughter. 

"I think if we sit back and sort of let the evidence play itself out that we'll find that the crime that the DA's office is charging her with could never have been committed," Garcia's defense attorney said.