Sodus woman admits money was reason mother was murdered

On Friday (6/220 Jasmine Harlee, age 22, appeared in Wayne County Court for a pre-trail hearing and pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree.

Harlee was set to begin a jury trial on Friday, July 13, for the death of her mother, Julie Martin, age 52, back on February 1, 2017.

Harlee admitted her role to enlist and conspire with her then boyfriend,Knowledge Couser,

age 21, Malquan Drayton, age 19 and Couser’s brother,

Davontae Devine, age 18, in a plot to kill Martin and collect a $30,000 life insurance policy.

Harlee agreed to transport the men to and from the Martin home on Jonathan Lane in the Town of Ontario. Investigators said Devine and Drayton hid in a closet and when Martin returned home, they jumped out, scaring her. When she fell to the ground Devine allegedly “held a pillow over her face…until she stopped moving.”.

After meeting with Martin family members, it was decided to accept the Harlee plea with conditions she would serve 20 years to life in prison and waive any appeal. She will be formally sentenced August 23rd.

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