Connecticut Woman Accused in Murder-for-Hire Plot Faces Trial

The woman was going through a custody battle with her former husband.

— -- Jury selection is underway in the case of a wealthy Connecticut mother accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her former husband.

Tiffany Stevens approached a maintenance man she knew in 2012, police said, allegedly asking him to kill ex-husband Eric Stevens. She later gave the man an envelope containing $5,000, allegedly as payment, police said.

“I gave her a beautiful life, a beautiful home, a beautiful daughter, and she put herself in this position,” Eric Stevens told ABC News Monday night.

The couple was going through a custody battle over their daughter.

Police said the would-be hit man secretly taped Stevens’ discussing her alleged deadly demands, and the man told her former husband about the plot. Since word of the alleged plot emerged, Eric Stevens says he’s been unable to see his daughter.

Tiffany Stevens is out on $1 million bond and has sole custody of the couple’s daughter. She has pleaded not guilty.

Eric Stevens remains stunned by the alleged plot, but says he’s focused on being able to see his daughter again.

“I’m just wondering from what I’ve seen in divorce court if they’re going to let her keep custody if she’s incarcerated,” Stevens told ABC affiliate WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut.

ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said the trial’s outcome will likely hinge on the audio recordings.

“The audio is going to become absolutely crucial because the jurors are going to be able to hear for themselves,” Abrams said.