School Teacher, Nurse Charged in Murder Plot

Angela Nolen, 47, allegedly paid $4K for killing of hubby

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 22, 2013 5:31 PM CST

(Newser) – A kindergarten teacher and a school nurse in Virginia are accused of trying to kill the teacher's ex-husband in a murder-for-hire plot, Fox News reports. The teacher—Angela Nolen, 47—allegedly conspired with 37-year-old Cathy Bennett at the elementary school where they work in Rocky Mount, Va. But they told someone they needed a hit man, that someone called the cops, and state police sent an undercover agent to play the role of professional killer.

Having received half the $8,000 "fee" upfront, police arrested the women and told 63-year-old husband Paul Strickler about their plan. Strickler said he'd been trying to find a way for Angela to buy their house from him after their 2012 divorce. "If I was dead, she would not have to give me the money," he tells the Roanoke Times. "That scares the H-E-L-L out of me." The former school administrator says he's still too afraid to even open his front door. A court has granted Bennett a $60,000 bond, but a bond hearing for Nolen has been postponed.

Cathy Bennett (left) and Angela Nolen (right).
Cathy Bennett (left) and Angela Nolen (right).   (Virginia State Police)
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