Two Arrested in Murder for Hire Plot

POSTED: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 1:04pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 19, 2010 - 8:12am

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Two men have been arrested for allegedly
trying to hire an undercover sheriff's deputy to kill a 40-year-old
El Paso-area woman.

El Paso County sheriff's deputies arrested Luis Gerardo Garcia,
21, and Luis Gerardo Prieto, 18, on charges of criminal
solicitation of capital murder. Sheriff Richard Wiles says they're
accused of offering the deputy $5,000 to kill the unidentified
woman.

Both are in El Paso County Jail with bond set at $200,000 for
Garcia and $150,000 for Prieto. No attorneys are listed for either.

Wiles said Thursday that Garcia wanted the San Elizario woman
dead, but it's unclear why. Wiles says Garcia has admitted the plot
to investigators and has been recorded offering to pay the deputy
to kill the woman, who wasn't injured.

Wiles says the case had begun as an undercover narcotics
investigation.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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