According to authorities, a Florida grandmother attempted to hire a hitman to kill her daughter-in-law.
Diana Reaves Costarakis, 70, met twice with a Jacksonville sheriff’s deputy working undercover and posing as a killer for hire. The sheriff’s statement said the murder-for-hire plot was discussed at those meetings.
Costarakis, of Middleburg, is being held without bond in the Duval County Jail. Records show on Saturday she was charged with criminal solicitation and criminal conspiracy, both capital felony crimes. She is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31. The records did not list any attorney for her.
According to news reports on ABC News, a police report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office states that Costarakis met the undercover detective in the parking lot of a Home Depot on Wednesday, where she offered the would be hitman $5,000.
Diana Reaves Costarakis then provided a photo of her daughter-in-law, Angela Costarakis, her address, a description of her car, as well as $500 as the first payment. The following day Costarakis gave the detective another $1,000. She then explained to him her daughter-in-law wore diamonds and other expensive jewelry that could be stolen and sold, with the proceeds being used toward the final payment. The diamonds could not be traced, she told the detective, according to the report.
An angry Costarakis was adamant her daughter-in-law had to be killed, even expressing to undercover detective “If you don’t, I will”.
Costarakis told police that her daughter-in-law was a drunk and a bad mother to her 6-year-old granddaughter, the police report said.
Angela Costarakis told WJXT TV on Friday that she did not know why her mother-in-law would be so angry with her.
"I am beyond sad and it breaks my heart because it messes up the family," she said. "I have compassion. I don't want to see anyone spend the rest of their life in jail. However, I am still just dealing with it. I just found out. I have not wrapped my head around it."
The police report said Diana Costarakis claimed her daughter-in-law was leaving her son and moving to Denver with her granddaughter. Angela Costarakis told WJXT that wasn't true.
Authorities report that the grandmother immediately asked for a lawyer after she was read her rights. She is scheduled to appear in court on Oct.31.