By Steve Lyttleslyttle@charlotteobserver.com
A Mooresville woman is in jail, accused by police of trying to hire a man to kill her husband.
Mooresville police say Kimberly Lumpkin, 45, has been charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and is in jail under $750,000 bond.
Police say Lumpkin began communicating with a man several months ago on the Internet. In recent weeks, police say, the woman asked the man several times -- by email and once in a telephone call -- if he would be willing to kill her husband.
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The man turned out to be a retired police officer in Oregon, police say, and he contacted authorities.
Lumpkin, owner of a pet store in Iredell County and a mother, was arrested earlier this week.
Mooresville police Capt. Phillip Blocker told WCNC-TV, the Observer's news partner, "I don't recall, in the recent history, us having anything like this in Mooresville."
"You can't take these things lightly because someone could end up dead," he added.
Police say they are looking at Lumpkin's computer, to see if other people might have been involved.
One of the accused woman's friends said she was stunned by the report, saying Lumpkin was a nice person. "She would do anything for you," the woman told WCNC.