Friday, October 22, 2004

Egads. . . . Prosecutors describe murder-for-hire plot

Over a morning cup of coffee, Jack Harelson examined the Polaroid of his old enemy lying in a shallow grave. He laughed and laughed.

"One down, three to go," Harelson said, tossing the photo into the fire.

But the alleged conversation between Harelson and the police informant who arranged the staged murder of Lloyd Olds was never caught on tape, prosecutors admitted Wednesday. They presented opening arguments for Harelson’s attempted murder trial in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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Convicted in 1996 of stealing ancient artifacts from government property, Harelson wanted to "take out" the four people who brought him down, said Clay Johnson, Josephine County district attorney.

Yeesh. See also Cave Looter Solicits Murder at Archaeology Magazine's site.