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Police: Murder plot foiled

by on March 24, 2014 11:00 AM

State police in Indiana have charged a man with trying to hire someone to kill his estranged girlfriend.

Kevin Donald Peterman, 26, of Indiana, is facing single counts of criminal solicitation to commit homicide and criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault, both felonies, and a misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats.

According to police, Peterman had called a person, whom police did not identify, looking to have his estranged girlfriend, Amanda George, killed. However, the would-be hit man Peterman allegedly had asked reported the matter to state police on Friday afternoon.

While troopers listened in, the person called Peterman to arrange a meeting. During the conversation, Peterman offered to pay the person $5,000 to kill George, police said. They then agreed to meet the next afternoon at the Sheetz convenience store on Warren Road.

That meeting occurred around 2 p.m. and as police listened in over a wire, Peterman entered the informant’s vehicle and said, “I want rid of her,” according to court papers.

The informant asked Peterman when the best time would be to do the deed and whether there would be anyone at home, police said.

Police said Peterman responded that his children were supposed to be staying with their grandmother and that George’s boyfriend usually leaves between midnight and 1:30 a.m.

Police said Peterman offered to pay the hit man in advance by giving him an all-terrain vehicle that day and additionally offered the new vehicle George had purchased once the murder had been committed.

Police did not say at what point they took Peterman into custody, but he was arraigned before District Judge Guy Haberl on Saturday and placed in Indiana County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.



Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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