Texas Man Pleads Guilty for Hiring Hit on Daughter’s Boyfriend


WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KFDX) – One of the parents accused of  trying to hire a hit man to kill their  daughter’s boyfriend has agreed to a plea deal, and won’t go to trial The trial was scheduled to begin Monday in 30th District Court.

Jeffrey Peyton and his wife Christina are charged with solicitation to commit capital murder. This morning Jeffrey Peyton was brought to the courtroom and accepted a sentence of 22 years in prison for a plea of guilty.

Sentencing is delayed until March 3rd, however, because the district attorney’s office wants a ruling on an appeal on Peyton’s bond. Peyton  won an appeal to the Second District Court of Appeals on his request for a lower bond on the grounds that at $1 million dollars, it was excessive because no one actually died.

Prosecutors  appealed that ruling to the state court of criminal appeals and want that ruling on record before sentencing. Peyton and his wife Christina are charged with criminal solicitation to commit capital murder after police say the Peytons agreed to pay $500 dollars to an undercover officer posing as a hitman in July of 2015.

Peyton also filed a motion to move the trial out of Wichita County because of extensive media coverage. Jury selection was set to begin Monday from a panel of 60 people, and prosecutors had a list of almost 40 people ready to call to testify.

Article from TexomasHomepage.com

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