Retired firefighter indicted on federal charges in murder-for-hire plot

Retired firefighter indicted on federal charges in murder-for-hire plot

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A retired firefighter accused of trying to hire an undercover cop to kill his wife now faces federal charges.

A grand jury indicted Edward Clinton Jones III on a charge of solicitation of murder for hire and the use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder fire hire Wednesday.

Jones is still facing similar state charges for the same crime, and was released on bond in February for the state charges.

There is no word on when he will be arraigned on the new charges.

In the state case against him, court documents state that Jones approached a man and asked if he knew someone who would be willing to kill his wife. Jones allegedly told the man he wanted his wife murdered because she was planning on leaving him and moving to another state with their children. Court papers in the state's case against him state Jones offered to pay the man with insurance money.

Charleston Police say that man then contacted them, and an undercover officer posing as a hit man met with Jones in a West Ashley parking lot. Jones reportedly offered the man $8,000 to "finish off" his wife, police say.

Court papers state Jones gave the undercover officer a photo of his wife and her address.

Police say Jones worked for the Charleston Fire Department for 19 years.

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