The murder-for-hire case against millionaire Jeffrey Stern took (yet another) turn for the bizarre last week. Stern is accused of conspiring with his former mistress, Michelle Gaiser, to hire a series of hitmen to kill his wife, Yvonne Stern, with three attacks in early 2010 culminating in a gunshot to the abdomen that put Yvonne in the hospital.
Gaiser pled guilty to solicitation of capital murder on the condition that she testify against Stern, but now it's looking like making her the star witness in his trial was a huge mistake for the prosecution.
It sounds like Michelle Gaiser's friends need to have some sort of hitman-hiring intervention and remind Michelle that she's not particularly good it at since none of her intended victims ever seem to actually die.
In April the trial date was pushed back to July after the state turned over evidence that Gaiser might have hired a hitman to kill someone else before her involvement with Stern, among other allegations. Now Stern attorney Paul Nugent says that Gaiser tried to set up another hit from her jail cell, this time against her former lover.
Nugent stood with Jeffrey and Yvonne Stern outside their Bellaire home (the couple has famously and controversially reconciled) to display and read from a four-page letter written by Gaiser and given to another inmate to pass along to Gaiser's friend. The letter offered $20,000 in exchange for murdering Jeffrey Stern.
"Whatever you do it must not look like a hit. It's gonna be accidental death," it reportedly said, in addition to including instructions about when and where to kill him (Gaiser suggests Aspen, so it would look like Yvonne killed him out of revenge) as well as how to kill him properly ("Obviously, a close-range shot didn’t get rid of the wife, so you have to finish elsewhere to finish it. … A knife in the neck, get the carotid artery and it’s over,") and a map of Stern's day-to-day routine.
Gaiser's attorney Deborah Kaiser confirmed to ABC News that Gaiser confessed to writing the note.
"She knows better than anyone that the entire scheme against Yvonne was concocted by Jeffrey Stern, and yet he has just thrown her under the bus and continues to lie and absolve himself of any responsibility for his actions," said Kaiser in a written statement. Gaiser has not been charged.
It sounds like Michelle Gaiser's friends need to have some sort of hitman-hiring intervention and remind Michelle that hiring a hitman won't solve her problems, that they liked her more before she was addicted to hitmen and that as far as hitman hiring goes, she's not particularly good it at since none of her intended victims ever seem to actually die.
We'll have to wait until next month to see how the latest allegations affect the Stern trial. Do you think the prosecution still has a case?