Archive for Monday, May 14, 2012

Basehor resident accused of hiring a man to kill his wife for $1,800

May 14, 2012


A 37-year-old Basehor man who has Douglas County ties is in federal custody, accused of hiring a man to kill his wife.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court in Missouri, investigators accuse Lee D. Smith of agreeing to pay a man $1,800 to murder Smith’s wife. The man who Smith asked to commit the murder was a confidential informant to law enforcement, the affidavit said.

Federal prosecutors in Missouri filed a complaint Friday alleging that Smith met the informant in Kansas City, Mo., on May 9 and drove the man to the parking lot outside his wife’s job at 7400 College Blvd. in Overland Park to show him where he could kidnap her. According to the affidavit, a federal task force officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alleges that on May 11 the informant placed a recorded call to Smith telling him he had his wife and Smith’s daughter in his custody.

“Smith requested that he let his daughter go and to continue as planned with killing his wife,” according to the affidavit.

In a second call the informant told Smith his daughter had been released and that Smith’s wife was dead, and Smith agreed to meet the informant at a grocery store later in the afternoon to pay him.

In the meantime, law officers told Smith they found his daughter and asked him to go to police headquarters. There, officers questioned Smith about the alleged arrangement to have his wife murdered, according to acting U.S. Attorney David Ketchmark’s office.

Federal prosecutors said Smith’s wife was never in danger because the informant was working with law enforcement throughout.

According to federal and Douglas County court records, the couple filed for bankruptcy in 2003, and a bank in 2011 initiated a foreclosure action on property in Eudora that the couple owned.

Smith remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.


Steve Jacob 5 years, 11 months ago

Why do people always think they can get away with this?

Rick Aldrich 5 years, 11 months ago

what an IDIOT!!!!! hope the wife and daughter will be ok after knowing and dealing with such a tragic attempted plan by the husband/father. this Moran will likely get probation to i bet.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 11 months ago

When the ATF is involved, you get jail time.

SinoHawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Gotland FTW

That is horrible, but I can't stop laughing.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 11 months ago

My wife just withdrew $1,800 from our checking account. Hmmm

50YearResident 5 years, 11 months ago

Makes you wonder how often this happens with people that don't get caught. Seems like it is getting more frequent lately.

jonas_opines 5 years, 11 months ago

I get the feeling that law enforcement could just put a fake ad in the YellowPages and they'd have at least four idiots per state that would call and ask for them to kill somebody.

Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years, 11 months ago

$1800 wont even buy a flight out of the country. What a moron. I would never kill someone, but if I was stupid enough to do it, its going to its gona take atleast in the neighborhood of $300,000.

Divorce would have been a whole lot cheaper.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 11 months ago

Divorce cheaper than $1800? Don't count on it.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm guessing in a world where killing his wife was an option, his divorce was probably not going to be amicable.

somedude20 5 years, 11 months ago

Heck, I would get her drunk (or drugged), put tape on your mouth, put her in a gorilla suit and load her on a train in a cage with a real (but male) gorilla that was being shipped to China or just get her a plane ticket to the Congo or Somalia. Hey babe, I got you a ticket to say that I am sorry for all that has happened. You need some "me time" to clear your head and forget about things. You should take all of your jewelry and that sexy dress and like Stella, go get your groove back.

Problem fixed

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 11 months ago

for the sake of our public schools, the hit man had better have been planning on paying income tax on that $1800.

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