A Woodlands woman has been accused of trying to kill her husband during their divorce.
Maria Sosa, 41, has been charged with felony solicitation of capital murder and is being held under $1 million bond.
She and her husband, Ramon Sosa, own The Woodlands Boxing Fitness Gym on Rayford Road in Spring. Friends say dividing the business during the divorce became a bitter fight for the couple.
An affidavit shows Maria, through a mutual acquaintance, met with an undercover officer she believed was a hitman. The affidavit says that Maria paid $500 and some men's jewelry as a down payment for the man to kill her husband, then she agreed to give another $2,000 and her husband's truck after the job was complete.
According to the document, the undercover agent asked if Maria just wanted her husband beat up.
"No. I want him dead," Maria said, according to the affidavit.
The document goes on to say that on Wednesday the undercover officer called Maria to say her husband was dead. They met again and she paid him another $1,000, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said that the undercover agent showed Sosa a staged photograph of her husband depicting his murder. After the conversation, Sosa shook the agent's hand and smiled as she exited the vehicle, the affidavit said.
A search warrant was executed by investigators from the FBI, DPS, Houston Police Department and the Montgomery County Precinct 3, 4 and 5 offices at the gym Friday afternoon. The friend who Maria originally approached tipped off investigators.
Precinct 3 Chief Deputy Matt Rodrigue said investigators were unaware of any extra marital affairs.
Renee Nieuwoudt, who owns the property that their gym sits on, said the couple has owned the gym for about eight years. The gym's website shows a fit and happy Maria—also known as Lulu.
Lately, Nieuwoudt said, "there have been some problems" between the couple.