A Bellflower woman accused of contracting with an FBI informant to kill her boyfriend in exchange for a portion of the proceeds she expected to collect from a life insurance policy pleaded not guilty Thursday to a federal charge.
Rasheeda Johnson Turner, 37, entered her plea in Los Angeles to a single count of using interstate phone lines with the intent of setting up murder for hire, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The case was transferred to Santa Ana federal court, where a status conference was set for Feb. 12 before U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford with a trial scheduled on Feb. 27.
Turner, who used the online monikers “Fiesty” and “Mz. Fiesty,” has been held in a federal lockup pending further proceedings since her arrest last month.
Court documents allege that Turner sought assistance in murdering her 55-year-old boyfriend — who is identified by the initials L.G. — so that she could collect the proceeds from his life insurance policy.
Turner told the informant she was the beneficiary of a $150,000 life insurance policy and that she would pay the killer $50,000, according to a criminal complaint.
During a series of conversations, Turner told the informant that she initially planned to kill the intended victim herself — and she had obtained “pure acid” as part of the scheme — but feared being discovered and did not follow through with the plan, according to an affidavit attached to the complaint.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that in the days after their initial meeting and discussion of the plot, Turner called the informant and said, “that fly needs to be swatted,” which the informant interpreted as meaning Turner wanted the murder to occur soon. The target of the alleged murder plot was not injured.
At one point, Turner allegedly told the informant, “I was gonna off blood, myself, but it’s hard because I got a kid,” the affidavit states.
If found guilty of the charge, Turner would face up to 10 years in federal prison, prosecutors noted.
—City News Service
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