MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 18, 2013

Murder solicitation alleged

Husband accused of two attempts to hire men to kill estranged wife’s boyfriend

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Husband accused of two attempts

to hire men to kill estranged wife’s boyfriend



By Dylan Goforth

Phoenix Staff Writer



A Park Hill man accused of a murder-for-hire plot was ordered held without bond Wednesday.

The next court date for the suspect, Jesus Cerda, was set for April 30.

Cerda, 38, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for “solicitation of murder, first degree.” According to the arrest warrant, Cerda made separate requests to two men to kill the boyfriend of Cerda’s estranged wife.

Cerda offered $2,500 to the first man, who replied that the killing would cost $10,000. The man told investigators that Cerda countered with an offer of $5,000 — $2,500 up front, and $2,500 after the murder.

Investigators were told that Cerda offered to provide a gun, a vehicle and clothes for the murder. Cerda even drove the man to the home of the potential victim, the warrant says.

Cerda allegedly told the man that he wanted a picture of the boyfriend’s dead body to prove that the murder had been completed.

Another man called Cherokee County 911 on March 30 and said that Cerda also had hired him to commit the murder. This man said that he had driven to the house but had then decided that he couldn’t go through with the crime.

First Assistant District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp said charges could be filed next week.

Cerda was charged with two crimes in March. He was charged with transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle March 11, then charged 11 days later with intimidating a witness.

He’s set to appear in court June 3 for a sounding docket to set a date for his preliminary hearing on both charges.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.