Leigh Ann Bauman, 43, of Lake Ozark, Camden County, Missouri, United States has been arrested. The real estate agent has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Bauman and her former husband divorced in 2018 and they have children. She allegedly believed he and his mother were going to take her to court to fight for full custody of the children.
According to a witness, Bauman offered to pay $1,500 for someone to kill the mother of her former husband and make the death look like an accident. Bauman allegedly asked the witness to hire people from St. Louis, Missouri to kill her ex-mother-in-law then later sent a text message to her daughter stating that her grandmother would die.
The accusations were supported by the witness’s recordings of conversation she had with Bauman. As a Christian, she reportedly acknowledged having her ex-mother-in-law killed was wrong but she could ask for forgiveness.
Authorities believed there was an immediate threat to the safety of the ex-mother-in-law. When Missouri Highway Patrol troopers arrested Bauman at around 2:15 p.m. on March 4, 2021, she called Lake Ozark mayor Gerry Murawski.
”The local realtor had several political connections and the witness was aware of these political connections,” Camden County prosecutor Caleb Cunningham told KY3. “Out of an abundance of caution, DDCC was used to avoid any hint of impropriety.”
Since May 2001, Bauman has been working as a full-time realtor at the Universal Realty Group at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. She also worked as a sales representative at Lincare from February 2012 to March 2013 and a senior executive account manager at GFI Digital Inc. from August 2014 to June 2019.
From 2013 to 2014, Bauman went to Columbia College where she studied marketing. She also attended Missouri State University.
Aside from being a real-estate agent, Bauman is also a magazine cover model, an art dealer and a competitive power boater. She is the chief executive officer of Lake Art Gallery, LLC.
On October 17, 2020, Bauman and Chris Reindl set world records for the Union Internationale Motonautique fastest time around Catalina Island from Huntington Beach in California, USA in their 24 foot Reindl Powerboats, LLC in the 30 feet and under class, KRCGTV reported. With an average speed of 57.365 miles-per-hour, their official UIM/American Power Boat Association record was 1 hour, 57 minutes and 40 seconds.