Authorities say Jessica Philbeck tried to hire a hitman to carry out the murder.
Philbeck appeared before a judge Monday afternoon still wearing a big wedding ring.
She was locked in a bitter custody battle with her husband over one of their kids.
The magistrate judge told Philbeck if she makes her $1 million bond, she cannot have any contact with her husband.
Gastonia is about 20 miles west of Charlotte.
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