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New details released in Fort Myers nurse's murder-for-hire plot

Sep. 26, 2010
Kimberly Alters / LCSO booking mug


10:52 A.M. UPDATE — A confidential informant notified deputies of the alleged plot by Kimberly Alters to have someone kill her husband, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report.

The informant told investigators he was approached by Alters on Friday while at the Renaissance Wellness center, and she told him she would give him a Harley-Davidson motorcycle if he killed her husband Bernard Alters, according to the report.

The $40,000 motorcycle belonged to Bernard Alters.

On Sunday, the sheriff's office used electronic surveillance equipment to observe a meeting between the informant and Kimberly Alters, where details about the murder were discussed. She told the informant she had an out of town function to attend in November, which would provide an alibi.

During another recorded conversation between Kimberly Alters and the informant, Alters said the November date would not work, but she suggested the murder happen in October, when she and her children would go to Busch Gardens in Tampa for the weekend, according to the report.

During the conversation, Kimberly Alters said she wanted her husband shot, and the informant asked for a picture of her husband and $125 to purchase a gun, according to the report.

Kimberly Alters met with the informant at 2 p.m. Sunday and gave him the picture and money for the gun. She also asked the informant to verify his arrangements would not come back to her, according to the report.

After the meeting, Kimberly Alters was stopped by deputies, and a search found a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, 59 Alprazolm pills and 6.5 Dextroamphetamine pills.

She was placed under arrest for solicitation to commit murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

From this morning's editions of The News-Press

A Fort Myers nurse practitioner who used to run a prominent local chiropractic office was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill her husband in exchange for a motorcycle.

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Kimberly Alters, 53, who works at the Wellness Center in Fort Myers, is accused of recruiting the unidentified person to shoot her husband in exchange for a Harley- Davidson bike.

Alters was arrested after meeting with that person — who turned out to be a confidential informant — Sunday afternoon and allegedly giving the informant a photo of her husband and $125 to buy a firearm for the hit.

When Alters was arrested, authorities discovered she had a loaded revolver and 59 Alprazolm pills and 6.5 Dextroamphetamine pills in her possession, arrest reports say.
Alters was charged with solicitation to commit murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

She remains in Lee County Jail without bond.

Alters, who gave nutrition counseling to children when she ran Alters Chiropractic and Natural Health Centers on Barkley Circle in Fort Myers, allegedly suggested to the informant that the hit occur in October when she and her children would be at Busch Gardens in Tampa for the weekend. Asked how she wanted her husband killed, Alters said she wanted him shot, deputies reported.

Authorities didn’t release Alters’ husband’s name Sunday, but property records show that Bernard Alters lives at her address. Bernard Alters, 58, couldn’t be reached Sunday night.

The Alterses purchased the 5,000-square-foot building where the chiropractic business was located in 1995.

Authorities wouldn’t say Sunday night why Alters allegedly wanted her husband killed.

“That’s something that will come out in the investigation,” Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Schall said. “It’s too soon to talk about that.”

According to reports, deputies were alerted Friday to the alleged offer.

On Sunday, investigators used surveillance equipment to monitor a meeting between the informant and Alters at which details were discussed of how and when the murder would occur.

When Alters ran her chiropractic business in the early 2000s, she was a certified clinical nutritionist. She completed a two-year postgraduate course of study with the American Board of Chiropractic Nutrition in 2000.

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