Houma woman accused of hiring hitman to kill Paradis husband

A Houma woman has been arrested and charged with solicitation of murder in connection with an alleged attempt to hire a hitman to kill her husband living in Paradis.

The Houma Police Department arrested Olivia Marie Rome, 39, of 200 Brinwood Drive, who apparently detailed in her journal her efforts to hire someone to kill her husband, who has not been named. The journal allegedly helped investigators identify a witness and a suspect in the scheme.

Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman said the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the initial investigation and notified his department about the possible hit for hire last Thursday.

“We learned the subject resided in our jurisdiction and worked hand-in-hand with them, and verified the complaint that was made with witnesses,” Coleman said of the joint investigation with the Sheriff’s Office.

At that point, Coleman said they conferred with the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s office and moved forward with the arrest.

“I’m just happy we were able to coordinate with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office before anything occurred to the victim,” he said.

Coleman said Sheriff’s Office detectives have the contents of the journal.

“You always hear about stuff like this, but you rarely get cases like this,” Coleman said.

As of Tuesday, Rome was being held in the Terrebonne parish Criminal Justice Complex on $7,500 bond.

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