Hodges man faces charges in murder-for-hire investigation

Hannah Rogers
May 10, 2018

He allegedly reached out to a white supremacists group to hire a hit man.

"According to an affidavit cited by indexjournal.com, Lecroy called the undercover agent on March 20 and said "$500 and he's a ghost". Santa Monica parking lot spat escalates into racial rantLecroy found the "hit man" through a white supremacist group, authorities said.

A SC man was recently busted for trying to murder his black neighbor with the help of local white supremacists.

Lecroy told the agent he wanted "hang his neighbor from a tree" and have a "burning cross" staked in the front yard. CBS News also reports, "Lecroy sent the undercover officer pictures of the neighbor he wanted killed in the small town of Hodges in Greenwood County, according to court papers". He's charged with murder for hire and solicitation to commit a crime of violence. It also was unclear whether Lecroy and his neighbor personally knew each other.

Lecroy gave the money "with acknowledgment that this payment was for the murder of his neighbor", court documents said, according to the Post & Courier. Lecroy told the agent to use an untraceable 9mm handgun with two "clips", and offered the agent more jobs in the future.

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Prosecutors didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The maximum penalty he could face is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The two met April 9, when Lecroy pointed out his neighbor's home in the small SC town of Hodges, talked about future targets and gave the agent a $100 down payment, the complaint says.

A district court order filed April 10 ordered Lecroy to be committed to a federal facility for a psychiatric or psychological evaluation.

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