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NILES — A Benton Township detective was questioned Thursday in Berrien County Trial Court over the validity of an investigation that linked Alana Gonzalez to an alleged plot to kill her ex-husband’s girlfriend.

Gonzalez, 59, of Berrien Springs, is charged with solicitation for murder which carries a penalty of up to life in prison. She is accused of hiring a hit man to kill Bonita Marie Levi, the then-girlfriend and now wife of Gonzalez’s ex-husband, Elvin Gonzalez.

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