- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The defense has rested its case in the trial of a Connecticut woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband in the middle of a bitter child custody case.

A Hartford Superior Court jury is set to begin deliberations Wednesday in the case of 39-year-old Tiffany Stevens, who has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. She did not testify before the defense rested Monday.

Stevens is accused of paying a home maintenance worker $5,000 to kill Eric Stevens in 2012. Prosecutors say the worker instead told Eric Stevens, who told Simsbury police.

A defense witness testified Friday that the maintenance worker, John McDaid, was working with Eric Stevens to “set up” Tiffany Stevens and make it look like she was plotting a murder for hire.

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