Trial date set in murder-for-hire case |

Trial date set in murder-for-hire case

A trial date has been set for Erzsebet Racine of Grass Valley, who is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Racine, 40, continues to be held at Wayne Brown on $200,000 bail since her March 3 arrest for solicitation to commit murder, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of nine years in prison.

Racine pleaded innocent by reason of insanity in April but withdrew the insanity plea last Friday and changed the plea to innocent.

Her attorney, Monica Lynch, said a report prepared by a psychiatrist who evaluated Racine contains “mitigating factors” that may influence the course of the case. Lynch would not say what those mitigating factors are, but that a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s office is possible.

Racine’s estranged husband, Dennis Racine, said his wife has struggled with bipolar disorder for most of their 11-year marriage.

Racine’s trial date has been set for July 25, with a trial readiness conference set for July 7.

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