A Davenport man was arrested Friday after allegedly trying to hire an undercover detective to kill a family member set to testify against him.
According to the Scott County Sheriff's Department, Eric William Weeks, 36, was arrested on charges of solicitation to commit murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit arson.
He was in the Scott County Jail on a $100,000 bond Saturday.
According to the sheriff's department, Mr. Weeks allegedly contacted and attempted to hire an undercover detective to commit murder and arson against a family member. He is accused of communicating with the detective by phone and later while he was an inmate in the Scott County Jail.
Mr. Weeks allegedly offered to pay the undercover detective.
The sheriff's department said Mr. Weeks intention was to keep a family member from testifying against him.
According to the online Scott County Jail inmate listing, and Iowa court records, Mr. Weeks was in custody on multiple felony charges of enticing a child, lascivious acts with a child, 2nd degree and 3rd degree sex abuse and violation of domestic no contact orders.
The case remains under investigation. The sheriff's department released no further details Saturday.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.