Rape Suspect Accused of Trying to Hire Assasin to Kill Witnesses

Rape Suspect Accused of Trying to Hire Assasin to Kill Witnesses

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(Provo-AP) -- While Ralph Joe Jiron Sr. was in jail awaiting seven rape charges, prosecutors say he tried to hire a hit man to kill three potential witnesses.

During the past two months, the 54-year-old Springville man allegedly paid thousands of dollars to an undercover police officer posing as a hit man.

Jiron is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of solicitation to commit aggravated murder, solicitation to commit aggravated kidnapping and solicitation to commit witness tampering.

A preliminary hearing in the rape case is set for March 12th.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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