Archive for Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Teen charged with murder-for-hire

Lawrence woman arrested during sting operation involving federal agency

December 6, 2005


The Douglas County District Attorney's Office charged a Lawrence woman with three crimes Monday after she allegedly asked an undercover officer to murder a man in exchange for drugs.

Krista Marie Harris, 19, was arrested Friday after allegedly offering crack cocaine to an undercover officer to kill Malcolm K. Glover, a man Dist. Atty. Charles Branson described as "some type of acquaintance."

Branson charged Harris with conspiracy and solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Branson said the office also filed a drug charge.

The court set Harris' bond at $75,000. Her bail originally was set at $250,000 after her arrest.

The court will set a date for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 13.

Branson wouldn't discuss how Harris knew Glover or why she wanted him dead.

Glover has a history of run-ins with the law.

According to Douglas County court records, he was arrested and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and theft in 2002 after a robbery at Edgewood Park.

He also was arrested on drug charges in May of this year, but records disclosing the disposition of that case weren't available Monday.

Police apparently had enough notice of Harris' alleged intentions that they were able to notify federal agencies and set up an undercover sting operation, eventually making an arrest in the 1000 block of West 23rd Street.

Early in the investigation, Lawrence Police contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist in the operation.

"The ATF has a long history of being involved with undercover operations," bureau spokesman Paul Marquardt said Monday.

Federal law enforcement agencies still could take over the case, Branson said. His office was compiling information about Harris, and depending on the result of the investigation, the case could include additional charges or a change of jurisdiction.

"We're still looking into our options in this matter," Branson said.


Sigmund 12 years, 6 months ago

Maybe the fact that she is 19 misled the LJW into describing her as a teen? I would prefer she use the "Chewbacca Defense"

Steve Jacob 12 years, 6 months ago

If your going to throw on a South Park reference, I can use mine. That Miss Harris will replace Ms. Cartman on the cover of "C.H. magazine."

Steve Jacob 12 years, 6 months ago

But being serious, if she produced the goods for payment of a hit (money or in this case crack) , she will get locked up for years.

But being a women, she will get a less severe punishment then a man putting a hit on a women. Not fair, but true.

candi044 12 years, 6 months ago

what is wrong with the dumb youth today. Dont they have something better to do then deal crack and try and kill someone because your boyfriend is dating you and your best friend. Dont kill the man get even. Sleep with his brother or something. Goodness. LOL.. just giving you an idea. There is lots of other options that is.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

I disagree..just because she is a woman will not get her a lighter sentence. Murder for hire is equally severe for either sex. case in point..a friend of mine tried to have her husband killed and got 25 to life. Facts are facts in this case. 19 is still considered a teenager. Nineteen.. see how they could lead a headline with that??

1million1 12 years, 6 months ago

This is a shocking,sad ,sad event ..... I cant belive the things people are saying and some suggesting we do not the facts!!! Maybie this is a young girl,who got into the wrong group, maybie not, we can guess forever.......she made some pretty bad choices,but we do not know all the details of this young girl's story, and we all know there are a million sides to every story. Lets pray that the whole truth and nothing but the truth comes out in this case. The fact of the matter is only God knows the truth and what a fair out come should be. For all involved may justice be searved.

Seamonkeys 12 years, 6 months ago

We certainly do not know all the facts and I pray that God is with this young girl, especially during this holiday season...

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