Crime

Alabama teen allegedly accidentally asked aunt to kill her family

An Alabama teen could face more than 10 years in prison after authorities said she asked her aunt -- via a fictional Facebook account the aunt created to monitor her activities -- to murder her family and their dog.

Marissa Williams, 19, was arrested in Fosters, Ala., in June, according to AL.com. She is charged with one count of solicitation of murder, a Class A felony.

Case documents show that Williams had been living with her aunt there since April, but their relationship was soured by Williams' friends, her drinking and what she perceived as her aunt's controlling nature.

AL.com reports that, "When her aunt asked her to stop, Williams allegedly blocked the woman on Facebook ... Williams' aunt decided to try a different approach and created a Facebook profile she named Tre 'Topdog' Ellis, a fictional man that she hoped to use to learn more about her niece's habits with strangers."

Williams and Ellis hit it off quickly: According to a deposition obtained by AL.com, Williams invited him to her home and offered him sex if he paid her cell phone bill. She told Ellis that she wanted to get away from her family, that he could "kidnap" her and take her away -- that if her aunt tried to interfere, he should kill her.

Williams' plans "got increasingly intricate," according to a June AL.com report.

And then: Williams allegedly "outlined a plan for (Ellis) to come into her aunt's home and murder her, her fiance, Williams' cousin and the family dog while Williams packed her things into his car," Stephen Dethrage reports.

Williams' aunt soon contacted the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff, who arrested Williams and booked her into the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

If convicted, Williams faces a minimum 10-year sentence. In an interview with law enforcement at the time of her arrest, she admitted to the plan but apologized and said she didn't mean it.

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