Man accused of hiring hit on murder trial witnesses
BATON ROUGE - Authorities charged a man for agreeing to be a hit man for his friend who is behind bars awaiting a murder trial, arrest documents show.
Christopher Smith, 22, was arrested by Baton Rouge Police recently. Police say Smith was involved in a murder for hire plot with his friend Erick Scott.
Scott is implicated in two separate murder investigations: the October 2011 killing of Justice Thompson and the February 2012 killing Kevin Johnson. With Scott's trial looming, investigators say Scott hired Smith to kill witnesses.
"Their life is on the line and this is business for them," East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said. "I don't think that you are ever going to stop these issues but just making them understand that we are there that we are out here listening."
According to records obtained by WBRZ News 2, Scott and Smith used monitored cell phones and a written message to outline what they planned to do. Officers listened to conversations where smith told his accused hit man to harm three female witnesses, the report says. Police also recovered a torn letter Scott wrote asking Smith to "get [the job] done before my court date".
Investigators also say Scott wrote,"I need the job done because they tryna [sic] get me on some g - expletive" ... and "don't let nobody see this letter." But, officers say they found the letter in Smith's trash.
Smith and Scott previously had a conversation about the letter, according to police. Scott told Smith he was sending a letter under the name "B. Johnson" titled "Brother's Keeper," the report says.
Police say the letter they found matched the names talked about in the friends' conversation.
Smith is recorded saying he knows about the letter and promised Scott "everything gon' be taken care of," the report says.
Smith is charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder. Scott will be charged with solicitation for murder.
The witnesses who were in harm's way have been notified, according to Moore.