Man, 28, arrested in murder-for-hire case
WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A 28-year-old Mesick man is being accused of trying to hire someone to kill two people for him.
Several law enforcement agencies including the Traverse Narcotics Team, Wexford County Sheriff's Office, Wexford County Prosecutor's Office and Michigan State Police Cadillac Post pooled their resources to investigate the murder for hire case.
According to Michigan State Police, 28-year-old Dean Evans asked his friends if they knew anyone who would be willing to kill someone for him. One of the suspect's friends decided he didn't like this, so he contacted police.
"A citizen in the area said he'd been approached by the suspect on several occasions asking if he knew anybody that would kill someone," said 1st. Lt. Frank Keck.
Michigan State Police tell us an undercover officer from TNT met with Evans near the area of M-115 and M-37 in Mesick. The officer posed as the man who could carry out "the hit," for Evans.
Police say they arranged a payment plan, and say Evans was willing to put collateral down.
Keck says Evans didn't care how the act was carried out, he just wanted it done quickly.
Evans was then arrested at a traffic stop on M-115 in Mesick around 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, shortly after the meeting.
He was taken to jail and arraigned Thursday.
Michigan State Police is still investigating whether Evans contacted anyone else about this. If you have any information, please contact the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post.
Evans also has another open criminal case. On January 29, he was charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct, threatening a witness as well as furnishing alcohol to a minor. This case is set for trial in late June.
The Wexford County Prosecutor could not comment on whether or not the two cases are related.
Evan's is behind bars on the solicitation of murder charges. His bond is $1 million.