Originally Posted Online: Feb. 09, 2013, 11:47 am
Last Updated: Feb. 09, 2013, 11:56 am
Police: Man in Scott County Jail tried to hire hitman to stop relative's testimony
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By Dawn Neuses, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric William Weeks
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.