A 42-year-old Monroe [Wash.] man apparently thought he was texting a hit man when he offered to split a $1.5 million life-insurance payout for killing his wife and young daughter, according to Snohomish County prosecutors.
But the text addressed to “Shayne” was actually sent to the man’s former boss, who called 911 Tuesday evening and showed the message to sheriff’s deputies, says a statement of probable cause outlining the case against the suspect.
A judge ordered him held in the Snohomish County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail after finding probable cause on two counts of criminal solicitation for first-degree murder domestic-violence, jail and court records show.
The Seattle Times is not naming the man because he has not been criminally charged. The deadline for the filing of formal charges is Monday.
According to the probable-cause statement, the text message indicated the man was ready to move forward with a plan to kill his wife, saying she was covered by a $1 million life-insurance policy. He suggested if “Shayne” wanted a bonus, he could also kill the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, whose life insurance is worth $500,000, the statement says.