Lambert guilty in murder for hire case


The woman who was on trial for attempting to hire someone to kill two Scioto County residents, has been found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, a first degree felony. Pickaway County Common Pleas Court Clerk Jim Dean told the Daily Times, Tara Lambert, 32, of Circleville was found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder against Kellie Cooke.

Lambert was found not guilty of the same charge as it applied to Kellie Cooke’s husband, Shawn Cooke.

A spokeswoman in the Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office said the date for sentencing has been set for Feb. 17, 2016 in the same courtroom.

Lambert was reportedly arrested outside of a Walmart store on July 28, 2015, at approximately 6 p.m. based upon allegations of her attempt to hire someone to commit the murder of Kellie Cooke and her husband, Shawn Cooke.

Kellie Cooke is reportedly the ex-wife of Lambert’s husband and mother of his children, and Shawn Cooke is her current husband, and they were the intended victims in the case.

Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff said his office received information that Lambert was attempting to hire someone to murder a Scioto County woman. The attempt was apparently foiled by the work of an undercover Pickaway County detective.

According to the investigation, the undercover deputy was introduced to Lambert. From there a meeting took place in the south business district off U.S. 23 in Circleville. That is where the deputy said plans were finalized, money and a photograph of the intended victim were exchanged with that undercover deputy.

Lambert will remain in the Pickaway County Jail until sentencing.

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