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Cops: Jailed suspect wanted inmate to kill witness

on October 04, 2013 10:30 AM

RUFFSDALE (AP) — State police say a western Pennsylvania man jailed on charges he fatally shot a man in his friend’s driveway tried to hire a fellow inmate to kill the homeowner, who police say is also a witness.

The defense attorney for Lee Atwood, 54, of Irwin, declined to comment on the new charges first reported Thursday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Atwood was to be arraigned on charges of conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder.

Police said he offered a fellow Westmoreland County Prison inmate $1,500 to kill the friend of the victim, 46-year-old George Williams. Police said the inmate was soon to be released from jail.

Police say Atwood shot Williams after he went to a house in South Huntingdon Township to collect the debt on Aug. 12.

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