DEWITT, NY (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse Police confirm the woman accused of trying to pay someone to carry out a killing, is also the daughter of a man that was murdered in the city 20 years ago. His case remains unsolved.
39-year old Marnie Nappi is the daughter of Michael Nappi, who police say was murdered in 1991 on South West Street. His case remains an open investigation.
Earlier this week, Marnie Nappi was arrested after she offered money to an undercover Dewitt Police Officer to kill her girlfriend's husband, David Gardner of Minoa.
Police used the undercover officer after they were tipped off that she had made multiple attempts to hire someone to murder Gardner.
Nappi has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Woman arrested for murder for hire plot
DeWitt (WSYR-TV) -- A 39-year-old East Syracuse woman has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Police say Marnie L. Nappi paid more than $20,000 to various people in multiple attempts to have David Gardner, of Minoa, killed.
Information regarding Nappi's intent to have the Gardner killed led to an undercover operation, which ultimately led to her arrest.
Nappi was the subject of a Town of DeWitt Police sting in which an undercover officer led her to believe he would accept money from her to commit the murder. Police were informed of her intentions by a tipster who said Nappi was offering to pay someone to kill Gardner, her lover’s husband.
"We knew we had an individual who was in danger and we knew we had to take some necessary steps to get him protected,” said investigator Thomas Regan.
According to police, the murder was part of a love triangle.
"There is absolutely no doubt that she wanted this person dead and she made that very clear with every person she spoke to,” said DeWitt Police Sgt. Scott Kapral.
Police say Nappi left her home on James Street and traveled to a nearby grocery store parking lot on at least one occasion to meet with a potential hit-man. Undercover police made recorded calls and set up their own meeting.
Nappi handed over $500 as a down payment.
"The arrangement was for her to meet on Monday and pay an additional $4500 and that would have been the conclusion of their meeting and the job was to have been done,” Regan said.
"She certainly wanted to make sure the job was done and done right,” Kapral said.
Detectives believe Nappi had been hustled in her previous murder for hire attempts, and they are confident her unsuspecting target is now safe.