PAINESVILLE, Ohio— A woman accused of attempting to hire a Facebook friend to kill her ex-husband went on trial Tuesday in Lake County Common Pleas Court before Judge Eugene Lucci.
Christine H. Metter, 42, of Beachwood, pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.
The charges stem from an alleged murder for hire scheme which was uncovered May 27, 2011.
According to police and prosecutors, Metter was complaining about the problems she was having with her ex-husband to an old high school friend on Facebook named Patrick Sabo.
Police said they joked that she should have him killed, but then Metter and her father Al Zambory, 76, invited Sabo to dinner and allegedly offered him $50,000 to kill the ex-husband, David Metter.
Tuesday after opening statements, jurors were bussed to various locations in Eastlake including the restaurant where all three allegedly met.
Prosecutors also played a damning 911 tape that was recorded after the dinner.
Sabo called dispatchers and requested a detective.
On the tape he said, "I just got approached, cause I'm ex-military, from a friend's father to kill her ex-husband."
Sabo said Zambory gave him a picture of David Metter and an address and instructed Sabo to shoot him.
After the 911 call, Eastlake police carried out a sting operation which included a picture of David with a fake bullet wound and blood.
Both Christine Metter and her father face conspiracy to commit aggravated murder charges which carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
Christine's trial is expected to last about a week and her father Al Zombory goes on trial Jan. 31.
The defense claims it was the accused hitman's idea to kill the husband and that their clients had nothing to do with it.