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Michelle Murdock mistakenly arrested

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A Pasco woman accused of plotting to kill her husband was arrested Friday morning due to a misunderstanding about a protection order against her.

Murdock used to have a protection order restricting her from contact with her husband, their two children and their home. However, that order was recently dropped. Franklin County Court employees notified Pasco Police about the change, but the Franklin County Sheriff's Office was not informed.

A deputy saw Murdock driving to her husband's home in West Pasco around 8:30 Friday morning. Since he was unaware of the dropped protection order, Murdock was arrested. She was in custody for about an hour then released.

Michelle was first arrested in July after the family nanny told John Murdock about his wife's plot. John has since told the judge he now believes the nanny masterminded the plot, and says he's no longer afraid of his wife.

Michelle posted bail last month after the judge lowered it from $1 million to $100,000. She has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The judge agreed to a sentence of time-served, and ordered her to pay about $2,000 in fines and court costs.