Charges filed in murder-for-hire scheme against jail inmate previously charged in murder-for-hire scheme

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MUSCATINE, Iowa  — A North Liberty man who authorities say conspired to hire the killing of three people, including an Iowa Department of Public Safety special agent, has been charged with three counts of attempted murder in Muscatine County.

Justin DeWitt, 36, tried to set up the murders while he was already an inmate in the Muscatine County Jail, where he was being held on behalf of Johnson County. On June 27, 2016, DeWitt was charged with four counts of attempted murder and four counts of solicitation to commit murder. The intended victims were DeWitt's former business partner, the partner's wife, and their two children.

The new attempted murder charges were filed in Muscatine County on Dec. 29, according to the Muscatine County Attorney's office.

He remains in the Muscatine County Jail where he has been placed in administrative segregation. DeWitt is held on a $750,000 bond.