Las Vegas Murder-for-Hire Case Delayed Until Next Year

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Guam – The trial for Michelle Chaco Paet, who’s accused of hiring her lover to murder her husband in Las Vegas has been postponed to March 2014.

Paet and three others, Michael Rodriguez, Corry Hawkins and Jessica Austin are facing charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and burglary with a deadly weapon.

The trial for Paet, according to Clark County records, was postponed to March 3, 2014; while the trial for Rodriguez was postponed to April 21, 2014; Hawkins’ will be on May 12, 2014; and for Austin on June 30, 2014.

“Parties met prior to Court in chambers and discussed new trial dates in light of Defendant Rodriguez’s need for a new trial date. Further, Court stated parties agree to have Defendant Paet’s trial be first,” court records note, however it does not explain why Rodriguez requested a new trial date.

This is the second time the defendants’ trials were postponed. It was originally scheduled for November 2011 but was rescheduled to May 2013 at the request of Paet’s attorney, Kristina Wildeveld. Wildeveld asked for more time to allow her to travel to Guam with an investigator.

Paet is accused of hiring her boyfriend and co-worker, Rodriguez, to murder her husband, Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Paet, with whom she had four children. According to prosecutors, Paet wanted to collect $650,000 in life insurance money and would give a small percentage to Rodriguez for the job.

Paet was shot twice in the back as he stepped out of his garage to head to work on December 1, 2010. He later died at a nearby hospital.