MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - A 33-year-old woman on trial in Montgomery County in a murder-for-hire case was found not guilty of hiring a man to kill her husband.
But 33-year-old Luisa Paiz was convicted of assault and conspiracy to commit assault in connection with an attack on her son's father.
Paiz was on trial for allegedly hiring a close friend, Khiry Blue, to kill her husband, in 2012 in Germantown. Paiz was found not guilty Monday to solicitation to commit murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
The verdict is a relief for Paiz but still a big fall from grace for a soldier who was once rising in the ranks.
"She was doing well she was clearly on a path she was on a promotion track and just made a bad error in judgment," says defense attorney Paul Kemp.
Blue had earlier pleaded guilty in connection with the assault.
The victim, Santiago Perez was involved in a nasty child custody battle with Paiz over their son. Paiz paid fellow soldier Blue $5,000 to attack Perez - but was she trying to kill him or simply scare him?
"If he hadn't struggled hard to this day we never would have caught these two individuals in hyper plot to take out Mr. Perez," says Ramon Korionoff, public affairs director for the Montgomery County state's attorneys office.