A woman from Manatee County who tried to have her ex-husband killed was arrested on Thursday.
Rachael Leahy hired a hit man to have her ex husband, David Leahy, killed. However, the hit man she hired for the job was an undercover detective.
The sheriff’s office was informed about Rachael, who describes herself as an owner/technician of Aloha Auto Salon, plotting a scheme to have her husband killed. According to the sheriff’s news release, “The investigation began on 8-22-16 when the Sheriff’s Office received information that Leahy wanted her ex-husband, David Joseph Leahy Jr…of Sarasota, dead.”
As reported by Bradenton Herald, Rachael wanted David dead so she could have custody of the children.
“In the subsequent undercover operation, Rachael hired a Sheriff’s detective to kill David,” the Sheriff’s Department’s news release said. “The agreed cost of the murder for hire was $5,000 and Rachael had already paid $2,500.”
After being questioned Rachael was taken into custody at the Manatee County jail, as reported by FOX 13 News.
Rachael’s resume on LinkedIn describes her as a “Business Owner, Marketing & Advertising Specialist & Business Development Leader.” In 2013, she worked as a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer to “be the voice of children who are abused and neglected,” and has also been a lifeguard and Civil Air Patrol volunteer. She also traveled the NASCAR circuit.
David is a used car dealer; and has been arrested previously, according to Florida.Arrests.org.