A U.S. District judge has released an animal rights activist who was accused of soliciting a hit man to kill someone wearing fur in Ohio last year. After the judge reviewed psychological reports, she ruled that the activist, Meredith Lowell, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is not mentally competent to stand trial.
Lowell, 28, was arrested after the FBI received a tip that she was using Facebook to find a hit man willing to kill someone wearing fur near a public library, according to court documents that the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed. Lowell indicated she wanted to be present during the killing and that she planned to hand out anti-fur literature at the scene of the crime following the murder.
An undercover FBI agent who posed as a hit man chatted online with Lowell about the plot.
“I am paying you to kill one person wearing fur who is 12 or older (but hopefully at least 14 years, however 12 years old or older is fine),” Lowell allegedly wrote to the agent.