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2 Ukrainian Colonels Accused in Plot to Kill Zelensky

They were allegedly recruited by Russia

(Newser) - Two of Volodymyr Zelensky's own colonels are accused of joining a Russian plot to assassinate him. Multiple assassination plots have surfaced previously, but the BBC notes this one stands apart because of the military officers involved. They were allegedly working with Russia's FSB—successor to the KGB—and...

Army Sergeant Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Jeremiah Peikert's brother allegedly asked cellmate to find hit man

(Newser) - A US Army sergeant has been charged in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire hatched when his older brother was serving time in a Connecticut state prison. Sgt. Jeremiah Peikert, 30, and Joshua Peikert, 32, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit risk of injury to...

Judge Gives Woman Behind Murder Plot 99 Years

Killing was 'tragic and senseless,' judge tells Denali Brehmer

(Newser) - An Anchorage woman has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for orchestrating the death of a developmentally disabled woman in a murder-for-hire plot, hoping to cash in on a $9 million offer from a Midwestern man purporting to be a millionaire. Denali Dakota Skye Brehmer, 24, was sentenced by...

Authorities: Hells Angels Were Hired to Kill Iranian Defector

Murder-for-hire plot was never carried out, authorities say

(Newser) - Authorities from the US and UK say they foiled a plot involving two members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club who were hired to kill an Iranian defector and his female companion. Naji Sharifi Zindashti, 49, is accused of running an "assassination ring" that targets Iranian dissidents across the...

Feds: He Hired a Hit Man, Then the Hit Man Turned on Him

Fereidoun Khalilian, who claimed to be a prince, believed he had a filmmaker killed: indictment

(Newser) - A Florida man who claimed to be a prince and rubbed elbows with celebrities from Paris Hilton to Drake allegedly hired a hit man to kill a documentary filmmaker who planned to expose him as a fraudster. Fereidoun "Fred" Khalilian allegedly left several threatening voicemails for the filmmaker, Juan...

US: 'Defendant Conspired From India' to Have This Man Killed

American prosecutors have charged an Indian man who they say tried to hire a hit man

(Newser) - US prosecutors have charged an Indian man with trying to take out a hit on a US citizen living in New York City. In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors allege Nikhil Gupta, 52, paid someone he believed to be a hit man $100,000 to murder Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The...

Cops Say Mom Went to Awful Lengths to Please Her Beau

Jazmin Paez allegedly thought she was hiring a hitman to kill her 3-year-old son, per authorities

(Newser) - Rent-a-Hitman is a parody website , but its fake customer-service awards and customer testimonials have convinced more than a few people to submit legitimate requests for an assassin, leading to at least 30 arrests, per People . The latest to fall for the ruse is apparently Jazmin Paez, an 18-year-old Florida woman...

Woman Arrested in Bahamas for Allegedly Plotting Hit on Husband

Lindsay and Robert Shiver were locked in a custody battle amid nasty divorce

(Newser) - Police say that a Georgia couple's divorce took a turn from the nasty to the murderous, and the wife has now been arrested for allegedly plotting a hit on her estranged husband. Lindsay and Robert Shiver of Thomasville appeared to be a golden couple, frequently pictured on social media...

Pamela Smart, Jailed in Infamous Murder Case, Asks for 'Hope'
Pamela Smart's
Quest for 'Hope' Falters

Pamela Smart's Quest for 'Hope' Falters

New Hampshire's highest court dismisses her petition

(Newser) - New Hampshire's highest court on Wednesday turned away the latest attempt to get a sentence reduction for Pamela Smart, who's serving life in prison for plotting with her teenage lover to have her husband killed in 1990. Having exhausted her judicial appeal options, Smart asked a state council...

Cops: 73-Year-Old Had Partner Killed to Get Life-Long Payday

Nelson Chia apparently took his own life after his Thursday arrest

(Newser) - A 33-year-old California man is charged with murdering Lili Xu, a 60-year-old dentist, in August. But as the Mercury News reports, suspect Hasheem Bason has been left holding the bag for a crime that police say was conceived of by another man: Nelson Chia, 73. He was Xu's partner...

Girl, 12, Shot Father, Self as Part of Murder Pact With Friend: Cops
Girl Who Shot Dad, Self
in Murder Pact Is Dead

Girl Who Shot Dad, Self in Murder Pact Is Dead

Texas girl died of self-inflicted injuries, police say; her father is out of hospital

(Newser) - Update: The Texas girl who shot her father and then herself as part of a murder pact with a friend is dead. The unidentified 12-year-old died Sept. 22—two days after she was found with a gunshot wound to the head outside her Weatherford home, with a handgun beneath her,...

Iranian Charged in Plot to Kill Bolton

Killing was to be revenge for the death of a Revolutionary Guard commander, officials say

(Newser) - The US has charged a member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard with plotting to assassinate former national security adviser John Bolton. Shahram Poursafi, 45, offered late last year to pay $300,000 for the killing, the Daily Beast reports. The Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday that the...

Pamela Smart Seeks Freedom 31 Years After Husband's Death
Pamela Smart's Latest
Bid for Release Rejected

Pamela Smart's Latest Bid for Release Rejected

NH council voted 5-0 against granting her a commutation hearing

(Newser) - Update: New Hampshire's Executive Council has unanimously rejected Pamela Smart's request for a commutation hearing, 32 years after she recruited her 15-year-old lover to kill husband Gregg Smart, the AP reports. Smart, 54, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Associate Attorney General Jeff Strelzin...

4 Charged in $750K Murder-for-Hire Plot

Police say Texas' Erik Charles Maund paid to have Tenn. couple killed to avoid exposing affair

(Newser) - A Texas auto dealer hired former US Marines and a purported former member of the Israeli Defense Forces to kill a Nashville, Tenn., couple found shot to death last year, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. It describes an elaborate murder-for-hire plot that began after 46-year-old Erik Charles Maund...

3 Teens to Be Charged as Adults in Classmate's Brutal Slaying

Florida's Dwight 'DJ' Grant was beaten, stabbed over 31 minutes

(Newser) - Three teenagers in Florida will be charged as adults in the murder of a classmate, who was ambushed at his apartment building. Dwight "DJ" Grant, an 18-year-old senior at Miramar High School, was found dead in bushes outside the building in Miramar on Oct. 19. A little more than...

Woman Orchestrated Husband's Killing in 'Depraved' Plot: Feds

Jennifer Faith allegedly posed as husband to convince boyfriend to kill him

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say a Texas woman impersonated her husband as part of a "depraved and calculated" scheme to convince a former lover to murder the man. Jennifer Faith, 49, has been charged with murder-for-hire in the Oct. 9, 2020 killing of Jamie Faith outside their Dallas home, WFAA reports....

In Secret Recording, One GOP Candidate Threatened Another

Fla.'s William Braddock warned of possible 'hit squad' for Anna Paulina Luna, per Politico

(Newser) - Days after a Republican congressional candidate in Florida accused a rival of plotting to kill her , the tape is out. "I really don't want to have to end anybody's life for the good of the people of the United States of America ... but if it needs to...

Man Allegedly Hires Hitman to Kill Ex After Breakup

Beverly Hills 24-year-old charged with murder-for-hire

(Newser) - A Beverly Hills man is accused of trying to have a woman killed after she ended their romantic relationship. Scott Quinn Berkett, 24, met the woman through a Facebook fan page about an anime show, and she flew to Los Angeles to meet him in October of last year. After...

Feds: Self-Proclaimed 'Good Dude' Tried to Off His Ex

Derrick Jackson accused of hiring a hit man who was actually an undercover ATF agent

(Newser) - Derrick Jackson recently got out of prison after serving a lengthy sentence for murder and a weapons charge, but his freedom may be short-lived: The Detroit 45-year-old is now being accused of trying to commission a hit on his ex-girlfriend, not realizing that the supposed hit man was actually an...

Animal Rights Lawyer Accused of Plotting to Kill Au Pair

Authorities say Jennifer Emmi tried to hire ranch hand to kill husband's new girlfriend

(Newser) - A prominent animal rights attorney in Colorado charged in a "murder-for-hire" plot claims she was "set up" by a ranch hand turned police informant. Jennifer Emmi, founder of Colorado's Animal Law Center, is accused of trying to hire ranch hand Timothy Lindsey to "get rid of"...

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