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Charges dropped in Shelby murder-for-hire plot

By Elizabeth Thomas
WCNC-TV

The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office says the charge of solicitation to commit murder filed against a Shelby woman has been dropped.

Authorities say the charge against Deanna Michelle Pruitt has been dropped because of inconsistencies in the informant's story.

Initially, Pruitt was charged with solicitation to commit murder after allegedly approaching the Sheriff's Office informant about killing an acquaintance of hers in exchange for money.

Pruitt became suspicious that her prospective hit man may have been working with law enforcement, officials say, and visited the Sheriff's Office to address her concerns as such.

While talking with investigators about her suspicions, detectives say she admitted that she attempted to hire the man to kill her acquaintance.

Charges were immediately brought against Pruitt, but have since been dropped.

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