A grand jury is considering whether to indict a Fort Campbell soldier who was arrested on a charge of soliciting murder after police said he agreed to give an undercover agent $1,000 to kill a woman.
Joshua Huntley, a 21-year-old specialist assigned to the 101st Airborne Division based at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, remained in jail Monday in Christian County on a $25,000 bond after a judge sent the case to the grand jury on Friday.
During the preliminary hearing Friday, police said Huntley sent text messages to another soldier in June about "putting a hit on someone," the Kentucky New Era reported. The two soldiers knew each other when they served in Afghanistan together, but the other soldier now lives in Florida.
The military says Huntley serves in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and was deployed to Afghanistan from March 2010 through March 2011.
Oak Grove police detective Eric Hernandez read the text messages in court and said Huntley provided information about the target, a woman who has not been identified but was close friends with Huntley.
The soldier in Florida, who was also not identified in court, showed the messages to his commanding officer and the information was provided to police in Florida, who tipped off Oak Grove police.
On June 14, an undercover detective with the Christian County Sheriff's Department met with Huntley, posing as a hit man. Police said the detective recorded a conversation in which Huntley agreed to pay the detective $1,000 to kill the woman.
Police obtained a warrant on June 15 and arrested Huntley the next day near the gates of Fort Campbell.
Police said Huntley admitted to asking about hiring a hit man and admitted to making an arrangement with the undercover detective during an interview with an Army investigator.
Eric Bearden, Huntley's public defender, questioned whether police could prove where Huntley was when the text messages were sent. Bearden did not return a call from The Associated Press on Monday seeking comment.
Information from: Kentucky New Era
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