Kentucky Doctor Indicted In Murder-For-Hire Of Ex-Husband

A Kentucky doctor will stand trial within the the attempted murder of her ex-husband carrying out a bitter child custody fight for that couple’s children.

Stephanie Russell, 52, was indicted on murder-for-hire charges of her ex-husband Ron Crabtree a week ago, based on court papers acquired by She pleaded not liable on Tuesday.

Investigators first uncovered the alleged murder-for-hire plot in November 2019, after Russell allegedly falsely accused her ex-spouse of mistreating their kids to Louisville Metro Police Department. Crabtree, who had been interviewed by detectives, ultimately organized his former wife’s lengthy standing plot to possess him murdered.

“During this interview, Crabtree mentioned he believed Russell was trying to hire an assassin to kill him to be able to take full child custody of the two children,” the case’s complaint, which acquired, mentioned.

Crabtree’s lawyer created a sworn affidavit in the couple’s former nanny, by which she alleged Russell had contacted her several occasions and alluded to “getting eliminate Crabtree.” 

Initially, the nanny told police that presumed Russell was joking, however the pediatrician’s comments more and more required on the sinister tone, court papers mentioned. Russell allegedly later requested the nanny if she understood any “really bad people” who could eliminate her ex-spouse and entered additional details concerning the planned murder of Crabtree, speaking on preferred timing and locations.

The Louisville Police Department tipped from the FBI concerning the suspected murder plot, however the agency was unable to produce additional proof of the suspected murder-for-hire plan despite numerous interviews. Police also found no evidence to aid the kid abuse claim Russell filed against her ex-husband.

Included in the couple’s divorce, Crabtree was awarded child custody from the couple’s two children. Russell was just allotted 2 days of supervised visitation rights every week.

In March, the FBI reopened their analysis into Crabtree’s alleged murder plot following a private detectives switched over new evidence to Louisville detectives implicating the Kentucky doctor inside a murder-for-hire conspiracy.

Based on charging documents, the non-public investigator grew to become aware of the alleged murder-for-hire via a witness who labored with Russell at her pediatric practice, Kidz R Existence Pediatrics, in Prospect, Kentucky. The non-public investigator states they found that Russell had allegedly contacted employees about obtaining a hitman to kill Crabtree.

The witness allegedly told the FBI that Russell had tried to solicit two nurses in the medical practice on several occasions, requesting “assistance” in her own ex-husband’s murder. The staff member also switched over screenshots of texts between Russell and something worker that they stated could corroborate her claims.

In her own messages, Russell allegedly used the code word “Christmas flowers” to cryptically make reference to Crabtree’s killing.

“In the written text messages, Russell discussed hiring anyone to deliver “Christmas flowers,’ the case’s complaint mentioned. “[The witness] advised ‘Christmas flowers’ was code for killing Crabtree.”

The 2nd witness then told federal agents that Russell also searched for the aid of her to set up contract killing, claiming Russell informed her that her ex-husband was sexually mistreating their kids.

Russell purchased a “burner phone” in furtherance from the plot, investigators alleged within their complaint. Between 12 ,. 5 and 12 ,. 28, 2021, the case’s second witness allegedly exchanged a number of texts with Russell about possibly hiring “someone from his/her past who may potentially kill Crabtree.” The witness told investigators that they told Russell the person under consideration would charge $4,000, to become compensated when completed from the job. Russell allegedly offered an additional $1,000 when the hit might be transported out by 12 ,. 12, 2021.

“Russell told [the witness] she wanted Crabtree dead so she could gain full child custody of her children,” charging documents mentioned. “Russell didn’t care what method was utilized to kill her ex-husband.” 

The witness told investigators that they eventually attempted to interrupt off connection with Russell, claiming the “alleged hitman passed away.” Russell later requested the witness if she “would pull the trigger themselves,” the complaint alleged. She declined and left Russell’s employment.

The case’s second witness — upon talking with the very first witness that Russell had contacted a brand new worker about organizing the hit — allegedly re-engaged with Russell and gave her the amount for an undercover FBI agent pretending to be a hitman. Throughout a recorded telephone call using the undercover agent, the company states Russell divulged she wanted her ex’s killing to look like a suicide and requested the government agent to pressure her ex to pen a suicide note before the contract murder.

“Initially, Russell requested [the undercover FBI agent] hold [Crabtree] hostage and pressure him to text her an apologetic suicide note prior to being wiped out,” charging documents mentioned. “[The agent] described to Russell he/she’d not complete this but would text her from Russell’s phone a suicide note, after [the agent] had wiped out Crabtree.” Also, he requested $7,000 rather from the initial $5,000.

Russell allegedly left $3,500 — an incomplete payment for that hit — into lab specimen drop boxes outdoors her office in Louisville, that the undercover agent retrieved. 

Russell’s legal defense team didn’t immediately react to’s request comment concerning the open situation mid-day. A jury trial continues to be scheduled for August. 22.

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