Teen charged with murder-for-hire

Lawrence woman arrested during sting operation involving federal agency

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.