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Kanawha Prosecutor Plants Says His Office Will Not Step Aside In Murder-For-Hire Plot Case

Reported: May. 7, 2014 3:42 PM EDT
Updated: May. 7, 2014 11:34 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Mamie Buoy, Kallie Cart, Jeff Morris) – Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants said Wednesday that his office still intends to handle the prosecution in a high-profile, murder-for-hire plot despite Charleston Mayor Danny Jones' request that his office step aside.

Jones said Monday night that Plants’ office should not handle the case because the prosecutor does not like Lt. Steve Cooper, who police said was the intended target of the plot.

"This is just another attempt by Danny Jones to play politics,” Plants said in written remarks. “There is no basis in law or logic to Mr. Jones' statement. Solicitation of murder is a very serious crime. A suspect that would allegedly hire someone to murder a law enforcement officer is particularly dangerous. My office is committed to seeking justice on behalf of all crime victims, and I will prosecute this case based on the evidence to the fullest extent of the law, just like any other."

Jones said previously that he is hoping to avoid having to go before a judge to make the request and said he hopes Plants' office will voluntarily remove itself from Cooper's case.

“Plants doesn't like Cooper. He knows it, I know it. We want him off that case," Jones told city council members Monday night.

Darrell Carter Jr. is accused of plotting to kill Cooper. He allegedly admitted to offering $15,000 to two others to kill Cooper. The plot was never carried out.



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