Jury Convicts Man of Hiring Hitman to Murder his Wife

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January 23, 2013:   30-year-old Maikel Pouliczek was convicted by a jury of his peers of assaulting his wife and then soliciting a fellow inmate to kill her.  When that inmate cooperated with police, Pouliczek solicited yet another fellow inmate to kill him.  Pouliczek was convicted of 2 counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder, 2 counts of Intimidation of a Witness, 2 counts of Retaliation Against a Witness, Obstruction of Justice, and related offenses.

The victim met Pouliczek in their native Austria before she came to the United States as a research scientist.  When Pouliczek joined her in the United States in 2008, he began to regularly beat her and demanded that she marry him so he could obtain a Green Card or he would kill the victim’s 13-year-old daughter and have her mother and sister raped and killed in Austria.  Terrified, the victim complied.  Over the next several months, Pouliczek continued to assault the victim and control her by screening her calls, checking her work email and driving her to and from work.  In the victim’s presence, he would call Austria and give directions to others to stalk the victim’s sister and mother. 

When Pouliczek was arrested and incarcerated for threatening a contractor with a gun in a separate incident, the victim felt safe enough to contact police and report the abuse and threats.  Pouliczek was then charged with those crimes.        

While in custody for the assaults, Pouliczek solicited a fellow inmate to arrange for his contacts to kill his wife and her daughter at their Philadelphia home in exchange for $50,000.  He provided the inmate with a map outlining the best way to enter the home, descriptions of each intended victim and which room they each would be sleeping in.  Pouliczek was charged with solicitation to commit murder and witness intimidation. 

After the preliminary hearing, Pouliczek asked yet another inmate to kill the reporting inmate in prison. He gave that inmate a note outlining the plot to retaliate and kill the first inmate, which was discovered by prison officials when they performed a routine search of that inmate’s cell.  Pouliczek was then charged with a second count of solicitation to murder.

Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Kenney stated, “This woman displayed enormous courage and perseverance to obtain justice and safety for herself and her daughter.”

Pouliczek faces up to 80 years incarceration when he is sentenced by the Honorable Gwendolyn Bright on March 21, 2014.  

 


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