84-year-old woman confesses to murder plot against attorney from jail
An 84-year-old Texas woman already in jail on felony theft charges confessed on Monday to trying to hire someone to attack members of the local district attorney’s office.
KHOU-TV reported that Dorothy Canfield told Texas Rangers she met with an undercover officer believing he was a hitman and agreed to pay him $5,000 to kill Montgomery County prosecutors Robert Freyer and another $2,500 to hospitalize District Attorney Brett Ligon for “two to three weeks” in efforts officials said were based on other recent killings of their former colleague in Kaufman County, Mike McClelland.
“Dorothy Canfield hoped to capitalize on the tragic murder of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse to disrupt the prosecution of her theft charge in the most violent way possible,” Ligon said on Monday.
Authorities said that Canfield showed no remorse when shown pictures of another crime scene and told they depicted Freyer’s murder.
Canfield was originally arrested in November 2012 for allegedly swindling undocumented immigrants out of more than $50,000 by pretending to be an immigration attorney.
This is the second inmate murder plot uncovered by officials in a month; Johnson County inmate Tab Denny Johnson was caught attempting to hire someone to kill his wife and her boyfriend.
Watch KHOU’s report on Canfield’s confession, aired April 15, 2013, below.