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Cops: Mistress conspired to kill lover's wife

A 47-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a murder-for-hire investigation.

Cynthia Mills of Annapolis, Md., has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, solicitation of murder, and attempted first-degree murder. Investigators allege that Mills was having an affair with Wendell Mansel, who was arrested in August by police in Leesburg, Va., after he attempted to solicit an undercover officer to kill his wife. 

Mansel, who is also from Annapolis, arrived at the meeting with the undercover officer with a gun and valuables, which he allegedly intended to use as partial payment for the hit. He is charged with attempted capital murder, murder-for-hire, and soliciting murder-for-hire. Mansel is being held without bond.

Investigators from Anne Arundel County and Virginia interviewed Mills during the subsequent investigation and say that she helped Mansel plan the killing and even provided some of the funds to pay the undercover investigator who posed as a hit man. Like Mansel, Mills is being held without bond.