Woman arrested in murder-for-hire case

A Bellingham woman was arrested by Bellingham Police Department detectives Friday on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder in the first degree.

Diana Hastings, 57, is accused of hiring an undercover agent to kill her estranged husband, Lt. Flo Simon accounced in a press release. The couple is in the process of divorcing, she said.

The murder was to occur at her ex-husbands apartment, according to police, who said several meetings took place between Hastings and an undercover detective, who was given cash to purchase a gun. Hastings and the undercover detective also allegedly agreed on an undisclosed amount of money to be paid once the crime was committed.

She was booked into the Whatcom County Jail.