A Florida court has convicted a businessman of plotting to kill a number of people, including a key witness in a trial against him and his ex-defense lawyer, Miami Herald has reported.
Jurors convicted Adam Barnett, 42, of a litany of crimes earlier this week, including conspiracy to commit murder and witness tampering, after the 42-year-old businessman plotted to kill the aforementioned key witness and his own defense lawyer.
It all started when the successful businessman was arrested in 2012 after allegedly posing as a Hooter’s waitress on Facebook in order to meet and sexually assault an underage girl, who has only been referred to as “J.E.,” according to court records.
He was convicted of plotting to kill his young accuser before she got to testify in court, in addition to his former defense attorney David Seltzer.
Seltzer actually testified in the trial against his former client, afterwards thanking the jury for “their time” and “the verdict.”
Thursday’s verdict capped a lengthy and bizarre investigation, in which prosecutors and police pieced together dozens of hours of phone calls, most made from prison, in order to make their case against the 42-year-old.
“We’re very pleased, it was a difficult case. It took us five-plus weeks to get here,” said Assistant State Attorney Michael Von Zamft.
“It was a diligent jury — a hardworking jury, and I think it was a very clean, hard fought trial.”
Prosecutors found that Barnett had spent $40,000 to hire a contract killer, a fellow inmate and pimp named Roman Thomas, to complete the two murders, according to Daily Mail.
This wasn’t Barnett’s first brush with the law. He has been accused of stalking and other crimes in the past. One alleged victim, a fellow businessperson, spoke to Miami Herald about encounters with the 42-year-old.
“He’s pure evil,” they said. “He wreaks havoc everywhere he goes.”
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alberto Milián will issue a sentence on September 15. He could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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