Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Mother of two arrested in murder for hire plot

Mother of two arrested in murder for hire plot

A mother of two has been charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill her boyfriend.  Police say 33-year-old Jessica Strom offered an ex-classmate $1,000 and “lots of sex” if he would kill her lawyer boyfriend.

The alleged target was her boyfriend John Schellpfeffer.  John spoke exclusively to Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Rescuing a dog of 'Destiny'

Rescuing a dog of 'Destiny'

Ten words changed everything.

“We can just feed her and she’ll get better, right?”

Woman stabbed boyfriend 25 times with stiletto

Woman stabbed boyfriend 25 times with stiletto

Rising TV star Ana Trujillo is accused of killing her boyfriend by stabbing him in the neck and face with the heel of her stiletto. Police say she stabbed Stefan Anderson at least 25 times.  But the defense says Trujillo stabbed him out of self-defense after a life and death struggle with her boyfriend.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

Who killed Shannon Kleeman?

Who killed Shannon Kleeman?

Shannon Kleeman was found murdered in the basement of her stepmother’s home. The 21-year-old was found shot multiple times and covered in blood.  But reporters tell us that police are baffled as to who might have done such a terrible thing.

Shannon was at her stepmother’s house pet sitting while the stepmother was in the hospital.  On Friday, her sister couldn’t get a hold of her and went to the stepmother’s house.  She discovered Shannon’s “mutilated body” in the basement.  Who would shoot Shannon multiple times and why?

Rusty Yates: Parallels to my ex-wife’s case

Andrea Yates was convicted of drowning her children in a bathtub.  She was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity.  Her ex-husband, Rusty Yates, stood by her during her trial.  Rusty spoke to Jane Velez-Mitchell about why he stood by his ex-wife and he talks about the Michelle Schlemmer case.

Michelle Schlemmer admits to holding two of her young sons under the water in the bathtub killing one and leaving the other fighting for his life.  Schlemmer put her oldest son on the school bus then came back in the house and told her other two sons ages 6 and 3 to get in the tub. 

Mom hearing 'crazy voices' drowns son

Mom hearing 'crazy voices' drowns son

A mom of three admits to holding two of her young sons under the water in the bathtub killing one and leaving the other fighting for his life.  Michelle Schlemmer put her oldest son on the school bus then came back in the house and told her other two sons ages 6 and 3 to get in the tub. 

Schlemmer then says she got in the tub with them and held them under the water, even sitting on them at one point.  Her three-year-old son is dead and her six-year-old is on life support.  Schlemmer says ‘crazy voices’ told her to do it. She told police she thought she could be a better mom to her oldest son if her the two younger boys were gone.

Family wants girlfriend charged in teen's death

Family wants girlfriend charged in teen's death

The family of Johran McCormick, a 17-year-old shot and killed by his girlfriend's father March 13, wants charges filed against the girlfriend as well as her dad. So far, no one has been charged in the Texas teen's death.

According to CNN affiliate KHOU, a group in support of McCormick's family held a rally Wednesday in front of the Houston-area home where he was killed.

Cops: Teen may be with online predator

Cops: Teen may be with online predator

Lacey DeWent was reported missing Monday when she did not show up to her Albuquerque, New Mexico school. Police believe the 14-year-old may be with an online predator.  Lacey’s parents had recently taken out a restraining order against 26-year-old Robert Butler.  They say Butler had met Lacey online and the two had been communicating for the past year.

Lacey’s mom told HLN that she had recently found Robert hiding in Lacey’s closet.  She called the police but because Lacey had let him into the home they were unable to charge him.  Lacey’s mom then filed the restraining order but she says Robert repeatedly violated it. 

Wesley the roaming Labrador's happy homecoming!

Wesley the roaming Labrador's happy homecoming!

A New Jersey family and their beloved dog Wesley reunited Tuesday after almost a year and a half apart. The Cruz family said their Labrador went missing way back in November 2012 after running out of the family yard.  As months passed with no sign of Wesley anywhere, the family said they were heartbroken.

So you can imagine their surprise when they received a phone call on April 1 from police telling them they found Wesley! An officer from the West Windsor police department responded to a report of a dog on the loose in central New Jersey. At the scene, the officer said he found a friendly, large dog who was more than happy to jump into his patrol car and go for a ride.

Kahlil Tatum's nephew: He was a caring man

Kahlil Tatum's nephew: He was a caring man

The nephew of suspected kidnapper Kahlil Tatum tells Jane Velez-Mitchell that his uncle was a caring man who would do anything to help others.

Eight-year-old Relisha is missing and her suspected kidnapper, Kahlil Tatum, committed suicide according to police.  Read more about the story here.

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