A man who thought he was texting a hit man to kill his wife and daughter found himself in jail after he accidentally sent the message to a former boss, who immediately called the police.
KIRO reported that Jeff Lytle of Monroe, Washington, sent a text message to someone named “Shayne” saying he wanted him to kill his wife and 4-year-old daughter for insurance money, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
One text message read, “Hey Shayne hows it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I’m going to take you up on that offer.”
Lytle then reportedly told the man that the life insurance policy was worth $1 million. He added that for a bonus the hit man could kill the daughter, whose life insurance was worth $500,000. He said he would split the money 50/50.
Lytle, 42, told the hit man to “make it look like a robbery gone wrong or make it a accident.” He told the hit man that his wife worked at Walmart and what time she got off work.
Lytle was arrested Wednesday. He appeared in Snohomish County Court Thursday afternoon. The judge set his bail at $1 million, appropriately enough.
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WPIX reported that court documents revealed Lytle told police he wrote those texts to “vent” and that he had no intention of sending them to anyone.
He even suggested that perhaps his daughter sent the messages. However, prosecutors did not buy his story and believed Lytle sent the messages because he wanted his wife and daughter killed.
Murder is the worst crime, and murder among family members is in a class by itself.
It’s a good thing Lytle wasn’t bright enough to figure out how to send his text messages. Otherwise this story could have had a more tragic ending.
There was no mention of what police intended to do about “Shayne.”
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail