- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A man already charged in a shootout at an eastern Pennsylvania social club that killed a woman and injured five other people is now accused of having tried to hire an inmate to kill witnesses in the case.

Thirty-four-year-old Rene Figueroa of Allentown is charged in Northampton County in the December 2012 slaying of 23-year-old Yolanda Morales outside the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society in Bethlehem.

Prosecutors now allege that while in custody in April 2013, Figueroa offered to put up bail money for a county jail inmate and pay him $50,000 to kill two witnesses in the case. Figueroa was arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal solicitation and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

Thirty-nine-year-old Javier Rivera-Alvarado is also charged in the shooting. Prosecutors allege that Figueroa fired the fatal shot.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide