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Shelbyville man arrested in murder-for-hire plot

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A Shelbyville man was arrested over the weekend after police said they foiled a murder-for-hire scheme.

David Lee Claxton, 59, is accused of soliciting another individual to kill his wife and a prospective business partner.

Claxton was charged with attempted first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder on Saturday. He was booked into the Bedford County Jail without bond early Sunday.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Claxton attempted to hire someone to kill Johnny Overstreet, 52, a potential business partner who he had a arranged business deal involving a large sum of money and planned to take the money for himself.

Claxton also planned to have his wife, Vickie Claxton, 57, killed to collect life insurance money, according to the TBI. 

Claxton was arrested while a search warrant was being executed on his residence as part of the investigation.

He is scheduled to appear in court on March 26.

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