Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent arrest of two lawyers in Waco, Texas, on charges of felony conspiracy to commit capital murder in an alleged plot to kill another attorney.
According to media reports, the lawyers include a well-known criminal defense lawyer in Waco, Texas and an associate lawyer who works at his firm. The lawyers allegedly tried to hire a contract killer to carry the murder of the associate’s former husband, who is also a lawyer. The former husband was arrested in February 2020 and charged with improper sexual contact with a 10-year-old female family member in December 2019.
The alleged contract killer was actually an undercover police officer, who apparently infiltrated the motorcycle club in which the criminal defense lawyer was a founder and president. The law enforcement arrest affidavit allege that the criminal defense lawyer solicited the undercover officer to kill the former husband on May 14, 2020 and allegedly offered the officer $300.00 to buy a gun and stated he would help him leave town after the killing.
On May 21, 2020, the lawyers allegedly met with the undercover officer, instructed him to kill the former husband at his home, and gave him the $300.00 to buy the gun. The arrest affidavits do not specify how much the lawyers offered to pay for the contract killing or why they wanted him killed. The lawyers were released from jail after each posting $1 million bonds.
Bottom line: This is another very bizarre story involving lawyers. These lawyers apparently decided to hire a contract killer to murder the former husband, who is accused of improper sexual contact with a 10-year-old female family member, instead of allowing the judicial system to run its course.
Stay safe and healthy and be careful out there.
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