Bond denied for woman accused of trying to hire hit man

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for a woman charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband and two others.

Ivy Jean Davis, 66, of Hull, posed a ‘‘significant risk’’ to flee and commit another felony if released on bond, Superior Court Judge Steve Jones wrote in a Tuesday decision.

Davis was arrested May 7 as she drove away from a meeting with an undercover police officer she thought was a hit man. She is accused of trying to hire someone to kill her husband, her son-in-law and another man.

In his order, Judge Jones wrote that prosecutors presented convincing evidence that if she were released from jail — even with strict conditions — Davis can’t be trusted because she has a history of disobeying court orders and has committed crimes while free on bail or on probation.

Davis has been arrested 21 times, was convicted on felony habitual offender charges and continued to drive even though her driver’s license had been revoked, District Attorney Ken Mauldin argued Friday during a bond hearing.

Most of the time, her crimes were alcohol-related, but she’s also been charged with theft by taking, shoplifting and violating probation.

‘‘The arrests/convictions show that (Davis) has a problem with obeying the law and following the terms of her sentence,’’ Jones said.

The judge added that since Davis faces significant prison time if convicted of solicitation to commit murder and criminal attempt to commit murder, she ‘‘poses a significant risk of committing a felony and of fleeing.’’