ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An inmate that was caught on tape ordering a murder for hire later admitted to it and still was found “not guilty” by a jury.
An inmate at the Arapahoe County Jail agreed to wear a recorder after reporting that another prisoner asked him to kill a prosecutor.
The conversation between 20-year-old Christian Harvey and a cellmate took place in a day room.
The deal was to murder a female prosecutor at the agreed price of $200.
In the recording Harvey says he wants to woman killed in her residence.
“I really think we should we make this a personal issue together. I want to be there wearing my black bandana,” said Harvey.
According to court documents the prosecutor was to be murdered with a shotgun to make it look like a gang killing. They then discussed what to do with the body.
“What’s your idea of disposing of it,” asked Harvey.
“Like I said man, I work for you. You tell me,” said the informant.
“Gasoline and bleach,” said Harvey.
In the jail, investigators say Harvey even admitted to the plot. After 11 hours a jury found Harvey not guilty of solicitation for murder.
The woman to be killed works for Arapahoe District Attorney George Brauchler.
“They can’t acquit him of having said those horrible words. They can’t acquit him or finding him not guilty of making those comments or put that plan in place. What they acquitted him of is the charge against him and I accept that as frustrating as it is,” said Brauchler.
This comes six years since Adams County prosecutor Sean May was murdered outside his home in Denver. No arrests have been made in that case.
Jesse Glassman, the attorney for Christian Harvey issued a statement saying this was a matter of an inmate who wanted a better plea deal. He claimed his client’s words are protected by the first amendment.
Harvey remains behind bars on other charges.