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Man arrested in murder-for-hire plot targeting brother

Jan 20, 2011 4:43:00 PM - thestate.com
An alleged murder-for-hire plot over a family estate valued at up to $20 million has landed one brother in a Florida jail and left his younger brother stunned and on edge at his James Island home.

Jim Roy Watkins Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested last week, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his younger brother -- James Island resident Steven Watkins -- at a time when they were fighting over their parents' estate.

"I think you have a little bit of greed here," said Sgt. Frank Sousa of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, which had been investigating the plot for some time. "Somebody around here said it's like a Cain and Abel story."

The elder Watkins was arrested Friday and charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder. The 59-year-old is being held without bond in Broward County.

Details of the alleged plot came "from a reliable and credible witness," the department said in a press release, "that Jim had engaged in discussions to have his brother killed."

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