James Edward Smith allegedly wanted his wife dead. So he decided to try to hire someone to do the job, according to Greenville police.
But the murder-for-hire plot was foiled after the man Smith, 35, of Brownlea Drive in Greenville, allegedly solicited to kill his wife went to police, and then wore a wire, leading to Smith’s arrest.
At about 7 a.m. on Sunday, Greenville police said someone reported that Smith tried to hire him or her to kill Smith’s wife, according to multiple reports. Police did not identify the person Smith tried to hire. The person allegedly met Smith through mutual acquaintances. Police did not release any information about Smith’s alleged motive.
Within 12 hours of the original report, police said they had Smith in custody and charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.
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Smith had his first appearance in Pitt County court on Monday. Smith was being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $1 million bond. If Smith leaves the detention center on bond, he was instructed not to go near his wife or her workplace.