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October 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM
TACOMA (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in Tacoma to second-degree murder for killing another man in a murder for hire plot.
Pierce County prosecutors say Luis Barker accepted $8,000 from a Gig Harbor woman to kill her son-in-law.
The News Tribune reports that Barker entered his plea Tuesday. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15.
He was arrested in August 2012 after sheriff’s detectives had the woman who hired him, Jacqueline Ray, record Barker talking about what happened the night Leon Baucham Jr. was killed in July 2012.
Ray pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.
The woman told detectives that she asked Barker to kill her son-in-law because she said the man was abusing her daughter.
January 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Detectives broke up a murder-for-hire plot organized by a King County Jail inmate Tuesday, according to the Seattle Police Department.
The inmate tried to have a man he believed was a police informant killed, according to Seattle police. The felon was jailed earlier this month because police said they discovered body armor, guns, cash and a fake police badge in his car.
Detectives said they received word on Sunday that the 48-year-old inmate was enlisting a soon-to-be-released inmate and a 33-year-old man outside of jail to carry out the killing.
Police said detectives kept tabs on the felon for the next nine days as he allegedly arranged for financing of the crime and drew maps of the targeted victim’s house. According to police, he wanted the hit men to “wet him with gasoline, dry him with a match.”
But the released inmate ended up providing all information about the plot to detectives, according to police. While under police surveillance, that man met with the 33-year-old suspect who was going to help with the killing, according to police. During the alleged meeting, the 33-year-old man gave the other man a gun, and they discussed the plot in detail.
Before their meeting was over, SWAT officers moved in and arrested the 33-year-old man, according to police. After searching his home with a warrant, more evidence linking him to the murder plan was found, according to police. Police said he was booked into King County Jail on investigation for solicitation and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The 48-year-old inmate who allegedly organized the plot is also being investigated in the crime.
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