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Suspects in Nellis Airman's Murder May Face Death Penalty

LAS VEGAS -- All four suspects, including the wife of a Nellis Air Force Base airman, made their initial appearance in a Las Vegas courtroom Friday morning.

Michelle Paet, the wife of Nathan Paet, appeared via video conference along with Michael Rudolph Rodriguez, Corry A. Hawkins and Jessica Austin. All are accused of murdering and conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Nathan Paet.

Read the Arrest Report for Michelle Paet

Paet was gunned down in his home's garage as he prepared to go to work on Dec. 1. Police say the motive behind the killing was to cash in on Paet's life insurance policies worth $650,000.

Michelle Paet admitted to police she helped plan the murder and she was romantically involved with co-worker and suspect Michael Rodriguez.

"It appears Rodriguez brought the other two suspects into the plot and which point they conspired to commit the crime," said Roberts.

"I think she knew what she did and based off her actions she was going to spend a long time in prison. She was remorseful, I'm sure, because of that," said Lt. Lew Roberts, Metro.

The District Attorney's office says it may seek the death penalty in this case. A preliminary hearing for the suspects has been scheduled for Dec. 23.

Nathan Paet's body was returned to Guam for a military burial. The children leave behind four young children who are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

"We can't even imagine the pain that they went through and are going through," said Victor Hemme, a neighbor.

Michelle Paet is now on suicide watch.