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A Texas man is accused of hiring a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend after she wouldn’t let him see his son, allegedly telling an undercover officer posing as a killer-for-hire that he wanted him to “rip her eyes out.”
Teodoro Torres III, 50, is now facing charges of solicitation of capital murder.
Authorities said Torres first contacted Freddy Saiz, a man he'd met while serving time in the Bexar County Jail, on Dec. 4 to ask whether he would kill his ex-girlfriend for $10,000, according court records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.
Torres wanted to kill his former love because he said she wouldn’t let him see his 5-year-old son and believed Saiz was in a similar situation and understood his plight, authorities said.
Saiz initially agreed to do the job and began spending the money he had received, but later got “cold feet” and decided to contact his would-be victim instead to tell her about the plan, according to the affidavit.
Saiz also went to authorities and confessed the plot to Texas Rangers on Dec. 6.
The Rangers had Saiz call Torres during their interview, at which time Torres confirmed he wanted his ex-girlfriend killed, the affidavit said, according to KSAT.
Investigators decided to turn the tables on Torres by going undercover. Law enforcement authorities posing as hitmen contacted Torres to tell him they would carry out the job.
In a meeting with the undercover agents, Torres said his ex and her new boyfriend should both be killed and that he wanted the hitmen to “rip her eyes out,” according to the affidavit. Torres allegedly gave the Ranger a picture of his ex and information about her schedule and where she would be.
After his arrest, Torres allegedly confessed to the plot because his ex and her boyfriend were preventing him from seeing his son and sending back all his letters to the young boy with the words “F--- off” written on the envelopes, People reports.
He is currently being held on a $300,000 bond.
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