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Judge orders psychological evaluation of woman accused of arranging ex-boyfriend's murder

Stephanie Linderman, 23 of McHenry, was charged with solicitation of first degree murder, solicitation to commit aggravated battery and disorderly conduct.
Stephanie Linderman, 23 of McHenry, was charged with solicitation of first degree murder, solicitation to commit aggravated battery and disorderly conduct.

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge said he won’t consider reducing bond for a 23-year-old McHenry woman accused of soliciting someone to kill her ex-boyfriend until she is psychologically evaluated.

Judge James Cowlin said that a report from Stephanie Linderman’s personal psychiatrist could be “essential” in moving forward with her case.

Cowlin agreed to temporarily release Linderman from the McHenry County Jail on Saturday so she can meet with Dr. Robert Kohn, who has served as Linderman’s personal psychiatrist for the past several years, attorney Dan Hofmann said in court Wednesday.

An officer will return Linderman to the county jail before her Monday hearing.

On Oct. 27, during her most recent meeting with Kohn, Linderman shared with the psychiatrist that she was being investigated for trying to harm her boyfriend, Hofmann said. She was arrested the next day.

Linderman is charged with solicitation of murder, solicitation to commit aggravated battery and disorderly conduct for intentionally making threats to her ex-boyfriend.

Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons would not confirm whether Linderman paid another person to kill her ex-boyfriend. Gibbons cited an office policy he said prevents attorneys from commenting on ongoing cases.

Linderman is being held in the McHenry County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond. If convicted, she could face up to 30 years in prison. Her attorney filed a motion Nov. 1 asking the court to reduce her bond.

In February 2016, Linderman asked a judge for an emergency order of protection against the man who police said she wanted killed. The order of protection was filed Feb. 17, 2016, and lasted until March 2, 2016. At that point, the order was vacated, according to court records.

In her request for the order, Linderman said the man had previously hit her, called her names, spied and stalked her, and prevented her from seeing friends, court records show.

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