Edmond murder for hire arrest

Thursday, March 17th 2005, 9:46 am
By: News On 6

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) _ An Oklahoma City man has been arrested for trying to hire a hit man to kill a teenage girl who accused him of sexual assault.

Police say Bradley Chase Pemberton allegedly offered a hit man $5,000 to kill the 17-year-old girl who says he assaulted her.

Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks says officers were successful in disrupting a murder plot in progress. No charges have been filed yet in the conspiracy case. Pemberton does face charges of sexual assault.

Oklahoma County District Attorney spokeswoman Debbie Forshee says charges of solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a felony could be filed this week against Pemberton.

Police say an informant alerted them to the plot. Police say they have taped meetings of Pemberton and the informant talking about the plot.

Ricks says Pemberton told the informant that it should look like a suicide or a carjacking and be done on a night when Pemberton was working to establish an alibi.

The girl was moved out of state as soon as officials learned about the plot.