A 39-year-old Vancouver woman appeared in Clark County Superior Court Wednesday morning on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder of her lover’s wife.
Lori Lyn Goulet is accused of sending an anonymous letter Oct. 29 to her estranged brother, Kevin Newsom, asking him to kill Carmady Perez, 26, of Vancouver, according to a probable cause affidavit.
She appeared in court dressed in a dark green suicide smock.
Judge Daniel Stahnke set bail at $500,000 and ordered that Goulet have no contact with Carmady Perez.
Goulet doesn’t qualify for a court-appointed attorney and indicated her parents would pay for one.
She will be arraigned Dec. 12.
Goulet wrote in the letter to Newsom that Perez had sexually abused her three children and caused the death of her infant, the affidavit stated. One of Newsom’s family members discovered the letter and reported it to Vancouver police, who launched an investigation, which included an undercover officer who corresponded with Goulet via email.
In a subsequent email, Goulet allegedly offered $800 for the murder. She also supplied the address where Perez lived, the time of day the murder should be committed, a description of vehicles parked at the residence and how to handle the family’s dogs, according to the affidavit. The email gave specific instructions not to hurt Perez’s husband or the couple’s three children.
“After (Goulet) learned through other family members that the police had the letter and had visited Newsom, (she) sent two more emails demanding proof of the identity of the person with whom she was communicating,” the affidavit stated. “She continued to express her desire to have the job done soon.”
Carmady Perez was not harmed during the process, Vancouver police said.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Goulet works with Perez’s husband, Edward Perez, at ABM Janitorial Services.
Goulet was arrested Tuesday.
When detectives interviewed her, she denied conspiring to kill Carmady Perez but admitted to an affair with the woman’s husband, the affidavit said. Edward Perez also admitted to the affair and said it began about nine months ago. He denied any involvement in the conspiracy to murder his wife and has not been charged. Police indicated there is no information that implicates him.
Goulet is also married and lives with her husband and three children in a home in the Sifton neighborhood, according to court documents.
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