Woman accused of conspiring to kill Milwaukee police officers walks free

CREATED Jan 25, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A woman at the center of the plot to kill two Milwaukee police officers was supposed to plead guilty to the crime today, instead she's back on the streets.

Maricela Gullicksen was supposed to plead guilty today for plotting to kill two MPD officers, instead she's out on a $1,500 cash bond.

“Everyone is afforded the opportunity for bail,” said Edward Wright, Gullicksen’s attorney. “She was able to post her bail."

Gullicksen is one of five gang members accused of conspiring to kill at least two police officers, and a rival gang member. She was expected to plead guilty to state charges today, but instead the judge pushed back the hearing, waiting to see if the federal government would take over the case. Then, Gullicksen was allowed to walk out the door.

"Everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” said Wright.

Wright argues Gullicksen deserves to be out on bond.

“Ms. Gullicksen is a very well spoken individual,” said Wright. “She's a mother. She has worked for a good majority of her adult life."

While out on bond, Gullicksen has to wear a GPS monitor and is only allowed to go to meetings with her attorney, doctor appointments, and can take her kids to and from school.

Former federal prosecutor Jeff Wagner suggests Gullicksen may be working with authorities and giving them information.

“Typically you wouldn't expect someone accused of conspiring in a plot to murder people to be out on bail, but my guess is there's some extenuating circumstances here,” said Wagner.

Chief Flynn is out of town, and the Police Association would not comment.

The feds have 30 days to decide if they are going forward with charges. If not, Gullicksen will be back in court in March.