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The Today File

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October 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Seattle cousins arrested in alleged murder-for-hire plot

Two Seattle cousins accused of hiring an undercover police officer to attack, and possibly kill, the girlfriend of one of the suspects will appear before a judge for a bail hearing this afternoon.

According to Bellevue police and law enforcement sources, the men, ages 39 and 23, were arrested Wednesday for investigation of conspiracy and solicitation of assault in the first-degree.

Eastside Narcotics Task Force started investigating the men in early September after receiving information about a possible murder-for-hire plot. Task force members set up surveillance and an undercover officer met with the two men, pretending to be a hit man, according to police.

The two men wanted the woman to be assaulted with a deadly weapon. The two men “displayed indifference if the mother of two children were to die in the process,” according to a news release.

“The suspects gave the hit man a picture and pertinent information on the girlfriend and confirmed they wanted the hit done this weekend,” police said. “The payment for the hit was heroin and cash.”

The older suspect, who is married, allegedly wanted his girlfriend dead because he thought she was cheating on him, police said.

Police have also arrested one of the cousins’ brothers for investigation of rendering criminal assistance.

More details will be released after the 2:30 p.m. bail hearing.

 

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