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Auburn woman convicted in murder-for-hire scheme
Elizabeth Ann Beimer asked a friend in 2008 to find a "hit man" who would be willing to accept $500 to beat to death the father of her 6-year-old daughter, his wife and his parents with a piece of rebar.
Instead, the "hit man" alerted the intended victims and they alerted the Auburn Police Department.
This week a jury convicted the 32-year-old Auburn woman of first-degree solicitation to commit murder. Prosecutors said anger over a protracted custody battle with the father of her daughter was the motive. The two were never married.
Beimer will be sentenced at 1 p.m., Dec. 2 in Judge Barbara Mack's courtroom at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. She faces between 15 to 20 years in prison.
According to court records, between Oct. 17 and Oct. 24, 2008, Beimer repeatedly asked a male acquaintance to help kill Robert Davis and his wife, Ruby, and his parents, David and Lorraine Davis.
"For several months, Beimer was increasingly frustrated with the custody issues at hand," Auburn Police Sgt. Scott Near told the Auburn Reporter at the time. "At some point, a few weeks prior to the 17th, she starts approaching him, saying she wanted to have Robert Davis murdered. He didn't take her seriously at first, so he had a friend of his call her posing as a hit man to talk her out of it."
According to court records, the man told detectives that because of his associations with the Hells Angels, Beimer believed it should have been easy for him to find someone to commit the crime. When he realized that he couldn't talk her out of the scheme, he called her intended victims, and all five contacted police.
A King County Sheriff's detective agreed to play a probationary member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang to murder the potential victims. Over the phone, the detective and Beimer arranged to meet at the White River Inn in Auburn. Police had obtained a court order to record the meeting on audio and video surveillance without her knowledge.
Beimer handed the "hit man" a rough floor plan of the couple's home, photos of her intended victims, and agreed to pay him. Beimer mentioned a piece of rebar in her car that he could use to kill her victims. She fetched the bar and gave it to the detective.
Beimer then left the motel room, and police arrested her soon afterward without incident.
According to court records, she confessed during a subsequent interview.
Near said at the time that it was the first murder-for-hire he'd dealt with in Auburn.
"There have been veiled threats of this kind before, but in the 20 years I have been here, I am not aware of anything being carried out to this kind of extent," Near said.