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Prosecutor plans appeal after model’s conviction overturned

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county prosecutor says she’ll file an appeal with the state Supreme Court after appellate judges overturned the conviction and sentence of a former model accused of trying to hire a hit man.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2spGIu6 ) Tara Lambert was sentenced last year to seven years in prison after a jury convicted her of conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Prosecutors say Lambert wanted to kill the mother of her two stepdaughters and provided a $125 down payment to a hit man who was actually an undercover police detective.

An appeals court ruled the indictment wasn’t specific enough and the case shouldn’t have gone to trial.

Pickaway County prosecutor Judy Wolford says the indictment was clear and Lambert knew what she was doing.

Lambert’s attorney has said she was mentally fragile and the officer baited her.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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