By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A 42-year-old husband of a Filipino wife and a father of their four-year-old daughter was held on a $1-Million bond after a bail hearing for allegedly attempting to hire someone to kill his wife and their young daughter, offering to split the life insurance payout with the hitman.
The bail hearing was held before Judge Tam Bui of the Snohomish County District Court in Everett, Washington State.
Jeffery Scott Lytle, however, will have to wait until March 3 if prosecutors will file felony charges of murder in the first degree against him after his next court appearance.
At his arraignment before Judge Anthony Howard, Lytle pleaded not guilty on Feb. 13 while assisted by a public defender.
It was reported that the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into Lytle after being contacted Tuesday by a former employer, who said he received a disturbing text from Lytle, of Monroe, Washington that appeared to be intended for someone else.
"Hey Shayne hows it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife,” the text reportedly says. “I'm going to take you up on that offer. (Wife’s) life insurance is worth 1 million and if you want a bounes (sic) you can kill (daughter). Her life insurance is 500k. I go to work 5 in the morning. (Wife) goes to work at 2:00pm so if you can make a robbery gone wrong or make it a accident she works at walmart she gets off at 11:00. I'll split everything with the insurance 50/50. Please call or text me please."
When Sheriff’s deputies contacted Lytle’s wife at work, she confirmed being married to Lytle for seven years and having a four-year-old daughter together. She also confirmed the existence of a family life insurance policy, and that there have been financial issues with her husband out of work, according to court records. She did not believe there was any marital issue that would cause her husband to want to kill her.
LYTLE PINS ON HIS DAUGHTER THE BLAME FOR THE SENDING DEADLY TEXT
When Lytle was contacted at their family residence, he confirmed his cellphone number for deputies and his former employer who called law enforcement. Court documents said Lytle originally denied sending a text, but then said he wrote the text out of anger when he had a fight with his wife over his talking with another woman.
Court records also showed that Lytle did not send the text to anyone. He denied having any life insurance policies.
Lytle allegedly told investigators he had saved drafts of the message, which he wrote several months ago after his fight with his wife when he talked to another woman. He thought his four-year-old daughter might have sent the text message.
LYTLE TAKEN TO MAJOR CRIMES UNIT
Lytle was taken to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit for further questioning.
Lytle reportedly described to deputies how a botched robbery scenario might take place with the victims being shot in the home and items being taken. He told the police “Shayne” was just an imaginary name, not a real person.
According to court documents, “Jeffery was mostly emotionless during the interview.”
A search warrant was requested for Lytle’s residence, in order to access his cellphone and any paperwork related to a life insurance policy.
In the provisional order setting bail or conditions of release, Judge Bui found that “probable cause exists to believe that the accused committed the crime(s) described above based on the facts contained in the booking documents, the facts contained in the affidavit of probable cause.”
Bui said aside from the $1-M bail bond for Lytle, Lytle was also ordered to advise the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of any change of address.
Lytle must have no contact with wife Rhoda M. Lytle, and daughter, Jazzmine R. Lytle; shall not possess firearms and shall not have “new criminal law violations.”
Lytle was charged with two counts of Criminal Solicitation for the crime of murder in the First Degree Domestic Violence. A person is guilty of this crime if “he or she offers to give or gives money or other thing of value to another to engage in specific conduct, which would constitute such crime or which would establish complicity of such other person in its commission or attempted commission had such crime been attempted or committed."
Some Facebook visitors who learned about Lytle’s deadly text message posted on Lytle’s FB account: “Amber Smith: You are a evil man!!!
Cheng Sailer: You sick f***. I hope your ass gets tortured in jail”
Lytle, however, cannot respond as he has no access on his FB account while in custody.