Woman accused of hiring hitman has preliminary hearingSubmitted: 02/23/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Woman accused of hiring hitman has preliminary hearing
RHIENLANDER - Police think a Rhinelander woman tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband. During Megan Danielczak's preliminary hearing on Friday, a detective explained in more detail what led up to Danielczak's arrest.

Rhinelander Police Detective Sergeant Kyle Parish said Danielczak told police she "went through with it" because she was scared of the hitman.

That hitman was an undercover agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Danielczak met with that agent on Valentine's Day in the Rhinelander Walmart parking lot, and made a partial payment to have her husband, Nick Danielczak, killed. 

The next day, Parish and another detective visited Danielczak's work to tell her that her husband was killed. Parish was asked if Danielczak had any reaction to that information.

"She did, she cried a little bit, but she did not really ask any questions and once we realized she wasn't really going to say anything we placed her under arrest," said Parish. 

Police believe money motivated Danielczak to try and have her husband killed. Danielczak's attorney tried to discredit that theory in court. During her attorney's questioning, Parish confirmed that when the confidential informant asked about a possible insurance policy, Danielczak stated she did not know.

The defense attorney also questioned Nick Danielczak's treatment of his wife, and asked Parish if he was aware of any abuse during the seven-year marriage.

"When I had interviewed Nicholas he had said that there used to be abuse in the marriage way back while he was in the military," said Parish. 

Danielczak's attorney said that Nick Danielczak was discharged from the military in 2016.

Judge Patrick O'Meila found that there was enough evidence to move the case forward. He set Danielczak's arraignment for Mar. 5.

Nick Danielczak filed for a divorce on Thursday.

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