- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man accused of having tried to hire someone to commit one murder is now accused of having tried to hire a second purported hit man to kill the first one.

Gregory Allen Hess, 46, of Seven Valley, was charged in York County in April with solicitation of criminal homicide and criminal use of a communication facility. Prosecutors alleged that Hess paid a confidential informant $30,000 to kill a male acquaintance of his wife.

But authorities alleged Wednesday that after he was arrested and taken to county prison, he tried to hire another inmate to kill the first would-be hit man.

Prosecutors alleged that he gave the new person handwritten notes containing the prospective victim’s name and phone numbers and directions to his home. Authorities allege that he offered to pay $15,000, half up front and the rest when the job was complete.

In the first alleged plot, authorities said the informant called police and the would-be target participated in a ruse to convince the defendant that the murder had been committed. The ploy included staged photos of the would-be target tied up in the trunk of a car.

Defense attorney Farley Holt challenged the credibility of the unnamed informant when he learned of the new charges, calling him a “career criminal” and saying he also seemed to be “a professional informant for the police.”

“I am more than suspicious about the timing of these (new) charges, given the commonwealth was under the impression my client would be unable to post $10 million bail, and he did,” Hold told the York Daily Record.

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