- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - A man has been found not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in connection to an alleged plot to kill professional boxer Robert “Scrappy” Ortiz Jr.

The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/1mrj8X9 ) 31-year-old Brandon Michael Adams was found not guilty of the conspiracy charge Thursday. But he was found guilty of felony solicitation of murder and identity theft charges.

Prosecutors argued that Adams used money from a credit card scheme to fund a murder-for-hire effort against Ortiz, who has a child with Adams’ wife.

Adams’ attorney argued that the conspiracy charge did not apply because one of the other men alleged to have been involved in the scheme didn’t agree to the murder-for-hire plot.

State law says at least two people are needed to constitute a conspiracy charge.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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