ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Mechele Linehan -- formerly a suspect in a high-profile 1996 murder -- is now a free woman, following a Tuesday hearing during which a judge removed court-ordered supervision measures which kept the 39 year old under close watch in Alaska.
Just a few hours after the hearing, Linehan, her husband Colin, and dog Maggie, boarded a flight bound for Washington State, where Linehan plans to stay unless a court calls her back.
She wore no ankle monitoring bracelet and her bail had been lifted.
Her friends and family say she's in good spirits, though Linehan is not yet in-the-clear.
"Big day," she told reporters as she walked into an Anchorage courtroom earlier in the day.
State prosecutor Paul Miovas told the court that the state may still go after Linehan for conspiring to kill her former fiancé, Kent Leppink in 1996 for a million dollars in insurance money.