Federal authorities indicted a 23-year-old Trumbull County man suspected in “murder-for-hire” plot to kill a Lakewood woman.
Andrew Martin, a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, was charged with one count of use of an interstate commerce facility in the commission of murder-for-hire.
“The investigation shows that this defendant was seeking to hire someone to kill a woman as part of a dispute over a home in Lakewood,” said Steven Dettelbach, the US attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, in a prepared statement.
“Obviously, we take these threats very seriously and will prosecute this case vigorously.”
Martin arrested last month after authorities say he agreed to pay a patient to kill a 79-year-old woman because she was “trying to mess up (his) life,” according to the affidavit.
The issues stem from the woman’s ownership of her Clifton Avenue home.
The indictment alleges that on Nov. 5, Martin used a telephone in connection with his intention that a murder be committed — that’s the reason for the federal charges.
According to an affidavit — filed by an agent of the the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — Martin told a patient that he would pay him $10,000 “to put four in her head and make it look like a robbery.”
Lakewood police assisted with the investigation.
Marting remains in custody since his arrest last month.