- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) - A March trial has been scheduled for a North Liberty man accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill three people who were expected to testify against him in another murder-for-hire case.

Justin DeWitt pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of attempted murder. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (https://icp-c.com/2kagGHA) that his Muscatine County trial is scheduled to begin March 6.

A court document says DeWitt met in Muscatine County Jail with an undercover state agent who DeWitt thought knew a hit man. The document said DeWitt agreed to pay $25,000 to have an Iowa Public Safety Department agent and two other people killed before his Jan. 17 Johnson County trial in the first case. Authorities say DeWitt wanted a business associate and his family killed.

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