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Woman accused of twice trying to kill Colorado Springs man for insurance

By: lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com
May 9, 2014 Updated: May 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm
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A woman indicted this week on charges of attempted murder allegedly tried to kill her roommate once in 2005 and then enlisted help in a second attempt in 2009, according to court documents.

The motive? To collect on an insurance policy Tammy Lynn Fritz had taken out on her roommate in 2005, the indictment reveals.

Fritz, 47, Michelle Kay Heaston, 40 and Sean Richard Lagoe, 42 were indicted by a Grand Jury Wednesday on charges including attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Fritz also was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

According to court documents, Fritz and the victim, James Bowden, lived together for several years but were not romantically linked. Lagoe was Heaston's boyfriend in 2009, according to the indictments.

A month after taking out the life insurance policy on Bowden with herself as the sole beneficiary, Fritz allegedly tried to kill him by setting their home on fire on June 30, 2005, the documents state.

Fritz and Bowden had returned home from a night of drinking when Fritz helped him to bed, lit a few candles in his room and turned on a fan, sparking a fire that the Colorado Springs Fire Department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office responded to, the documents said. Bowden was rescued from the home and survived.

Four years later, in the summer of 2009 when Fritz was no longer living with Bowden, she allegedly employed Heaston and Lagoe to kill him the night before he was set to catch a flight for a move to Alaska, the documents state.

The documents indicate the victim was attacked by Lagoe with a baseball bat, but reveal few other details.

Fritz had agreed to take Bowden to the airport on the morning of Aug. 3, 2009, but when she arrived, he didn't answer his door or his phone, so she left, according to court documents.

Several witnesses told investigators the trio had spoken about the attack and the insurance policy, court documents state, and investigators found letters between Lagoe and Heaston that referenced the alleged murder plot.

It's unclear from court documents what happened in the five years leading up to this week's indictment.

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