COLLEGE STATION (September 26, 2013)--A College Station woman was in jail Thursday, charged in an alleged attempt to have the father of her child killed.
Police say Nicolette Lucille Beard, 33, was charged with solicitation of capital murder.
According to a probable cause statement released Thursday morning, a man went to College Station Police on Wednesday with the information that Beard was looking to have her child's father killed.
The man said that Beard and the father of her child were in a custody battle, the statement says.
The man told police that Beard had made several offhand comments about the child's father, but then said Wednesday that she wanted it done by Friday, the next date for a court hearing on the custody issue, the statement said.
The child's father was located by College Station police officers.
He, his wife and 7-year-old son were taken to the College Station Police Department for their safety.
Meanwhile, according to investigators, a sting operation was devised to see if Beard would follow through with her plan to have the man killed.
Police arranged for an undercover officer to meet with Beard at a local grocery store parking lot.
The man who had tipped off police and the undercover agent, picked up Beard and her child and then the informant took the child inside the store while Beard and the undercover officer talked about the details of the hit, the statement says.
According to police documents, Beard agreed to pay "however much it will take for (the hit man) to get it done."
They agreed on $4,000 for the murder, the documents say.
During their conversation, investigators say that Beard asked to "make it look like an accident,” the documents say.
Beard also said that if, in the process of killing the man, the man's wife and son were injured or killed that she "wouldn't have a problem with that,” the documents say.
The officer asked Beard for a picture of the man and she gave him an old driver's license photo.
Investigators say that Beard agreed to give the undercover officer $2,000 that night and $2,000 after the murder was done, the document says.
After they agreed to the terms of the murder, Beard called the man inside the store back to the vehicle, according to police documents.
She then drove to an ATM to withdraw the money, but was unable to get the cash, the documents say.
She explained that she had $800 at home and could get the other $1,200 the next day.
According to the arrest report, the undercover officer rode with Beard back to her house.
She went inside for a few minutes, and then returned with the $800.
It was then that officers arrested Beard.
Beard remained in the Brazos County Jail Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bond.