A Pennsylvania teenager and her boyfriend are accused of trying to assassinate the girl’s stepfather, who allegedly caught them in bed together.
The 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend, Dillian Mikel Weaver, 19, used Snapchat to solicit a hitman to kill the girl’s stepdad, state police allege in a probable cause affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. The girl's name is being withheld by Oxygen.com because she is a minor.
The stepfather, who supposedly caught the teenagers in bed last Thursday, kicked his stepdaughter’s boyfriend out of the home, then physically assaulted her, the girl told authorities. However, she allegedly lied to Weaver, telling him the stepfather had also sexually assaulted her.
The 19-year-old then ranted about the fabricated rape to a friend on Snapchat, claiming he wanted Blackburn dead.
“He gets off work at 5:30 so we’d have to be there before him and get him as soon as he gets out of his truck before he goes inside,” Weaver allegedly wrote in text messages, according to the affidavit. “We need to cover our faces ... they have cameras there … just gotta take his body and dispose of him somewhere. So he’s never heard from about or found.”
Weaver’s friend allegedly recommended a potential hitman she knew of and provided him with contact info for the supposed assassin.
“I just need him gone and no questions asked yk?” Weaver told the unidentified person, reminding them to look out for surveillance cameras at the stepfather's home and warning that the target owned a gun.
Police cited other messages between Weaver and the 16-year-old in the affidavit.
“Baby I need you to tell me that it’s OK if this happens to him,” Weaver allegedly messaged her. “Like you’re OK with him dying. I need confirmation msg as soon as you can about this.”
“Yes baby,” the teen allegedly replied. “I have zero affection for him. We’ve talked about it. I just don’t want to lose you is my concern that’s all.”
However, the potential assassin approached state police shortly after being contacted by Weaver. They also told authorities they had assumed the murder-for-hire plot was some type of gag.
The informant, accompanied by an undercover state trooper, used a wired recording device to capture Weaver allegedly discussing the hit job. The 19-year-old, who was recorded saying he wanted the stepdad “out of the picture,” was arrested after the undercover trooper told him they’d be in touch after they “took care of the body.”
Weaver and his girlfriend later confessed to the plot, according to authorities. They were charged with criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and criminal use of a communication device.
The couple is being held at a Lycoming County jail on a $1 million bail each, the Associated Press reported. It’s unclear if they’ve retained legal counsel.
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