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Trial starts in alleged murder-for-hire case

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This is a file photo of Tiffany Stevens provided by police. This is a file photo of Tiffany Stevens provided by police.
HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Testimony has begun in the trial of a Connecticut woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband during a custody dispute with millions of dollars at stake.

Tiffany Stevens of Bloomfield has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. Prosecutors allege she paid a maintenance man, John McDaid, of Granville, Massachusetts, $5,000 to kill her ex-husband, Eric Stevens, in 2012.

Lauren Devin, a Simsbury police officer, testified Tuesday that Eric Stevens played an audio tape for her that he said was of his ex-wife talking about getting someone to kill him.

Police have said the custody case winner apparently would control a $50 million fund linked to their daughter's care. The custody case remains pending.

Authorities say the would-be hit man didn't follow through with the plan and told police.

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