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Man Denies Involvement in Murder for Hire Plot

CHARLESTON, W.V.a. (WSAZ) -- WSAZ.com has new information about a murder for hire plot where a Charleston Police Officer was the target.

WSAZ.com reported Darrell, also known as "DJ," Carter was arrested this week after police say he offered $15,000 to two people to murder a detective.

Police caught on before anything happened, but since then, they've been trying to get more answers about who was involved.

Police say one of the men wanted for questioning, Juhmar Bradshaw, was picked up Thursday afternoon on a capius warrant from back in September.

Charleston Police said in the criminal complaint, Carter hired Bradshaw and a teenager for the job, but WSAZ.com has learned Bradshaw denies any involvement.

Chief Brent Webster says Bradshaw told investigators he wasn't even approached by Carter and was not involved in the plot.

"At this point we still can't prove his involvement, he denies that he was involved," Chief Webster said. "The way the law really works on this, just because someone listens to an offer, that wouldn't make them culpable anyway."

Because Bradshaw has denied involvement, police say at this time they can't charge him in the murder for hire plot, unless they get proof.

At the time of publication, Bradshaw was still in jail on the unrelated charges.

Police are still looking to question the teenager connected to the case.

Since the plot was exposed, Chief Webster says Lt. Steve Cooper, who was the alleged target in the murder for hire plot, has since been given extra security.

Lt. Cooper attended the "Guns Down, Hands Up in Prayer Rally" Wednesday with that extra security as protection.

The rally was organized to end the recent spike in crime on the Charleston's west side.

Police say Bradshaw was arrested last year for running from police after a fight near McVey Way in Charleston. Investigators say he never showed up to court, so a warrant was out for his arrest. That's why he was arrested on Thursday.


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