Port Allen man accused in second murder-for-hire plot
PORT ALLEN- A Port Allen man jailed on charges he hired a hit man to kill a Pointe Coupee couple is now accused of making a second attempt, this time from behind bars.
Col. Richie Johnson, with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, says Tommy Joe Gioele allegedly asked at least three fellow inmates to kill the couple, who were involved in a 2007 business deal that turned sour.
Johnson said one of the inmates Gioele promised to pay to kill the couple had been released two weeks ago.
Gioele was booked June 12 on an additional count of solicitation of murder.
He is set to stand trial Oct. 19 on the original solicitation for murder counts.
Gioele's attorney Michael Distefano has asked for a bench trial.
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