UPDATE: New details released in murder-for-hire plot in Franklin County


We now know who tipped off police to that murder-for-hire plot centered around a kindergarten teacher in Franklin County

Angela Nolen and Cathy Bennett are charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill Nolen's ex-husband.

She and Bennett both work at Sontag Elementary near Rocky Mount.

Police say Bennett, the school nurse, asked a mystery third person if they could carry out the hit.

Newly discovered court documents show that person also works at Sontag Elementary, as a 5th grade teacher.

Bennett reportedly asked the teacher if her son would be willing to kill someone.

That teacher tipped off state police who then sent in an undercover officer to talk to Nolen in a sting operation.

Bennett is out of jail on bond, Nolen is still in jail.


We're starting to get a clearer picture of why a Franklin County kindergarten teacher might have hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband.

Angela Nolen was denied bond twice Wednesday despite arguments from her lawyer.

There are reports she was a battered wife in her house, and when we asked her lawyer if she was abused, he said yes.

During her second bond hearing Wednesday afternoon, Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said Nolen admitted to police to some of the facts of her case and said she had remorse for it.

Nolen also took the stand to try to get bond, saying she's a former teacher of the year at Sontag Elementary and had not even a blemish on her record.

If she had gotten out, she had only three things on her mind.

“First I need to be with my daughter and my family,” Nolen said. “I need to go to my residence and secure my property and I need to take care of some financial things, get my finances in order.”

Nolen could try to appeal for bond again to the appellate court, but her attorney says that is not likely.

Her suspected accomplice, Cathy Bennett, is out on bond.