Judge denies bond for retired firefighter charged in murder-for-hire

Published: Jan. 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2014 at 8:52 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied for a retired firefighter charged with trying to hire an undercover cop to kill his wife.

Charleston police say 41-year-old Edward Jones is charged with solicitation of murder.

According to court documents, Jones approached a man and asked him 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 Delaware with their kids. Court papers state Jones offered to pay the man with insurance money.

Cops say the man Jones approached went to Charleston Police, and Tuesday afternoon he and an undercover officer met Jones in the parking lot of the Bi-Lo shopping center on Bees Ferry Road. Jones allegedly told the officer to "finish off" his wife because he didn't want to visit her in the hospital. Police say Jones discussed paying the undercover cop $8,000 to do the job.

According to the court papers, Jones gave the undercover officer a photo of his wife and her address.

Jones worked for the Charleston Fire Department for 19 years, according to police.

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