Now in Legal Rebels:
Posted Jun 10, 2011 02:00 pm CDT
In a dramatic turn of events, federal charges were dropped this week against a 38-year-old Indiana man who was able to prove he knew his ex-wife was targeting him with a fake Facebook account and he, in turn, was “messing” with her when he purportedly shared his plans to have her killed.
David Voelkert was arrested Friday and spent four days in jail before authorities sorted out the details in the case dubbed “Spy v. Spy” by the Smoking Gun.
According to the Smoking Gun, Voelkert, of South Bend, was arrested based on messages sent to a 17-year-old Facebook friend “Jessica Studebaker.”
But it turns out the “Studebaker” account was the handiwork of Voelkert’s ex-wife, Angela, who was reportedly trying to extract information to use in an ongoing custody dispute.
To prove he knew his 29-year-old ex was posing as “Studebaker,” Voelkert provided FBI agents with an affidavit, notarized on May 25, detailing his plans. In the affidavit, he asserts, “I am lying to this person in extent to gain positive proof that it is indeed my ex-wife trying to again tamper in my life.”
The Business Insider characterized the matter as a “bad case of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
Kashmir Hill, in her The Not-So Private Parts blog, notes that the only person killed off in this case was “Jessica Studebaker,” whose account was deleted.