Excerpt from today's Newsday:
He started by asking a friend to kill her, they said. When that didn't work, Paul, 31, of 2431 Cliff Lane, North Bellmore, arranged to meet a hit man in a McDonald's restaurant parking lot in Uniondale. There, with his 3-year-old son in his car, Paul agreed to pay the man $200,000 to follow his wife to Manhattan today and stab her through the heart, prosecutors said."Unsuspecting wife" is some understatement.
There was just one problem: The hit man was a cop.
Paul said he wanted to mourn his wife before the holidays, so he wanted the murder over with fast, said District Attorney Kathleen Rice. He said his wife, who works for Cablevision, was heading into Manhattan to get a passport today, and that the undercover detective should follow her and stab her there, where crime is more prevalent, the prosecutors said.
Late Tuesday night, when Paul returned to the parking lot to give the man money for the job, he was arrested and charged with second-degree conspiracy. His unsuspecting wife, Tina, filed a missing person report when her husband didn't come home Tuesday night.