A 37-year-old Maryland man from Gaithersburg has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of solicitation for first-degree murder. The charges stemmed from an incident in which the man allegedly thought he was hiring a hitman to murder his ex-wife. He reportedly made the request to an undercover police detective instead.
According to court documents, investigators began a sting operation on Friday, June 13, after police learned that the man was allegedly searching for a hitman to get rid of his wife. Court documents state that an undercover officer made arrangements to meet with the man to discuss the man's intentions for killing his wife. During the conversation, the undercover officer was reportedly offered a $1,000 for the "job" and was given money to kill the ex-wife. The man then allegedly escorted the officer to the neighborhood where the woman lived, so that he could show the undercover officer where the woman's house was located. The man also reportedly showed the undercover officer photographs of the ex-wife to help him identify her.
The man was subsequently picked up a short time later after the meeting and was arrested after questioning. He allegedly admitted to investigators that he had made arrangements to pay someone to kill his ex-wife. He remains behind bars after a court order that he be held without bond was issued on Monday.
An experienced Maryland criminal attorney may be able to assist defendants who are involved in attempted murder cases by working with them to create a strong criminal defense.
Source: The Washington Post, "Local Digest: Gaithersburg, Md., man charged in murder-for-hire plot" Dan Morse, Jun. 09, 2014