A 39-year-old Seattle man and his 22-year-old cousin are currently in King County Jail. They are accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer as a hit man to assault his girlfriend by shooting her in the leg and slashing her face. The man is being held on $1 million bond for this alleged felony offense.
Police allege that the man first intended to kill his girlfriend because he suspected that she was cheating on him. His cousin made contact with the undercover officer about the murder for hire. Police say they recorded multiple conversations between the informant and the man's cousin, both over the phone and in person. The cousin's brother was also taken into custody because he allegedly drove the cousin to one of these meetings.
Court documents state that the man and his cousin agreed to meet the informant on Oct. 2 in the Burien Safeway parking lot. The man's cousin translated what he said. He allegedly asked for his girlfriend to be shot three times in the leg and to have her face slashed. The informant told them that three gunshot wounds to the leg may kill woman, and the men lowered the number to one, although they allegedly didn't care if the woman died in the attack. Both men were taken into custody in Seattle's University District shortly after the meeting.
The men who allegedly attempted this murder-for-hire plot now face charges that can lead to long prison sentences and other punishments. One of the most important step these men can take is to ensure that their legal rights are not violated by law enforcement or prosecutors. An attorney may be able to help these men protect their rights and build a solid defense or negotiate a plea deal.
Source: Bellevue Reporter, "Seattle cousins arrested in alleged plot to have girlfriend assaulted with a deadly weapon", Brandon Macz, October 03, 2013