A husband and father got caught in his own murder plot when he accidentally sent a text to his ex-boss instead of his hitman, court documents reveal.
Jeff Lytle of Monroe, Washington, allegedly meant to text a man named Shayne about a murder arrangement.
Prosecutors contend he was looking to book the services of the hitman to murder his wife and 4-year-old daughter in order to collect $1.5 million in life insurance money, the Daily Mail reports.
According to social media, his wife's name is Rhoda Mee Funtanilla Lytle.
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His wife's life insurance policy plan is worth $1 million while that of his young daughter is worth $500,000, officials claimed.
Jeff made a mistake and talked of the murder plan to his former employer, who reported the message to the police. The authorities followed up and arrested Lytle on Feb. 8.
According to KIRO, the text read: "Hey Shayne hows it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I'm going to take you up on that offer."
The 42-year-old reportedly talked of offering half the insurance money to Shayne, and informed the man of the approximate time his wife returns from her job at Wal-Mart, the documents reveal.
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"If you can make it look like a robbery gone wrong or make it a accident she works at Walmart she gets off at 11:00," part of the message read.
When questioned by law enforcement officials, Lytle contended his 4-year-old daughter might have sent the messages.
He then claimed he sent the text messages to "vent" following a fight with his wife and did not actually intend to go through the sinister plot of murder.
The Washington-based man also denied that "Shayne" exists at all, New York Daily News reports.
Lytle has since been held in Snohomish County jail on a $1 million bond and is presently being investigated for two counts of criminal solicitation of first-degree murder.
Investigators have since filed for a warrant to search the suspect's smart phone and home for documents pertaining to his family's life insurance policy. The investigation is still underway.