News and Tribune

January 3, 2014

6 P.M. UPDATE: Charlestown man arrested in murder-for-hire plot

After drug investigation, Charlestown resident faces several felony charges


CHARLESTOWN — A Charlestown man is in custody after police say an undercover drug investigation revealed a murder-for-hire plot.

Kristopher Lee Washington, 23, was arrested Thursday evening by the Charlestown Police Department’s Special Response and K-9 teams, with an assist by federal law-enforcement agents. Washington allegedly attempted to solicit two people in a Charlestown apartment complex to murder a person involved in a pending drug case against Washington, according to a CPD press release.

According to the probable-cause affidavit, Washington offered drugs, money, both cash and counterfeit, for the murder.

Washington not only requested the killing, but offered to arm the two people he planned to involve with a handgun at the expense of $80, police reported. The person Washington wanted killed had apparently turned on him in the past, as his comments in the affidavit include, “That’s what happens to rats.”

He also told the two would-be assassins that they could become more familiar with the target’s appearance by logging onto Facebook.

CPD officers obtained and executed a search warrant for Washington’s home after his arrest, where they collected additional evidence, according to the release.

According to CPD, Washington has been booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Facility on preliminary charges of: class A felony conspiracy to commit murder; class B felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon; class C felony prohibited sale of a firearm to a convicted felon, class C felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor; class D felony neglect of a dependent; class D felony dealing in marijuana to a minor; two counts class D felony maintaining a common nuisance; two counts class A misdemeanor dealing in marijuana; and two counts A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  

The case is considered ongoing and no additional details will be released at this time, the release stated.

According to online court records, Washington has a pending case in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2. The case was opened in November and involves charges of maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana, both class D felonies, and class A misdemeanor dealing in marijuana. A jury trial is slated in March.

In 2008, Washington was charged in the same circuit court with dealing in cocaine, a class B felony, and two counts possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of a legend drug, all class D felonies. Washington was convicted of dealing cocaine, and the other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 15 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with seven years suspended to probation.