By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – The Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Everett, Washington State had declined to prosecute the husband of a
Filipino wife and father of their five-year-old daughter detained on a $1-Million bond for allegedly attempting to hire someone to kill his wife and their daughter.
In an email to this reporter, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tobin S. Darrow of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said, the case “was closed, no charges. We cannot prove that this 'Shane' reference was to a real person.”
Earlier, the suspect Jeffrey Scott Lytle, 42, was released from detention when no charges were filed.
In a Decline Notice obtained by this reporter, Mr. Darrow informed the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office, that “We are declining to file this case in Superior Court” because “in all likelihood, this case will never be fileable.”
When the Monroe, Washington State police took over the investigation of the case, Mr. Darrow said, “We have never been able to establish that “Shayne” was a real person.
“Despite multiple searches of Lytle’s phone, no other related text messages have been discovered.”
Mr. Darrow said he interviewed the alleged victim – Lytle’s wife Rhoda M. Lytle. “She adamantly asserts that she does not know a person named Shayne and that she is ‘110%’ sure that Lytle would never hurt her. She claims to be the assertive one in the relationship.”
He said a Rhoda is not aware of any life insurance policy covering her. “If Shayne is fictional then there cannot be a conspiracy with a fictional person. Since we cannot prove Shayne is real, and cannot corroborate this disturbing text from Lytle in any way we cannot prove a crime occurred.
“If you have submitted evidence to the crime lab, please notify that testing is no longer needed.”
It was reported that the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into Lytle after being contacted last February 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."