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Murder for Hire Suspect Makes First Court Appearance; Witness Speaks Out

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Apr 18 2013 09:26:18 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The woman who gave police proof that an Anderson woman was plotting a murder, spoke with KRCR News Channel Seven on Thursday.

55-year-old Angela O'Regan of Anderson was taken into custody on Monday after officers got a tip from police in Chico.

O'Regan is accused of plotting to kill her granddaughter's father because he would not allow Angela to see her granddaughter. He has primary custody of his daughter and does not allow Angela to visit.

Officers said they have recovered the gun that was allegedly supposed to be used in the plot. Officials also said they have text messages and phone recordings, and said O'Regan gave incriminating statements when she was interviewed by police.

Witness Jessica Ziegler contacted us Thursday and told us that O'Regan had asked her if she knew of anyone who might be willing to kill her granddaughter's father.

Ziegler said she turned over multiple recordings of conversations and several text messages to police. She believes O'Regan is a good woman who has just lost her way.  

"This was like my best friend, so this is a really hard situation but ultimately somebody's life was on the line and you know, I mean, how can you turn away from that. You have to do what you can and ultimately I'm hoping that it saved her life as well because I wouldn't want her to live with something like that either," Ziegler said.

KRCR News Channel 7 was the only TV-station in the courtroom for O'Regan's first court appearance Thursday afternoon.

She seemed emotional as the judge spoke with her. O'Regan was assigned a public defender who asked the judge to push the arraignment back until Monday.

O'Regan was also told to stay away from Ziegler and the alleged victim. She is charged with attempted solicitation of murder for hire and is being held on $500,000 bail.