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2 inmates, 3 others accused of Georgia murder-for-hire plot

April 27, 2021 GMT

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Five people have been charged in a murder-for-hire plot allegedly orchestrated by a Georgia jail inmate who was targeting someone involved in his armed carjacking case, according to authorities.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said at a news conference Tuesday that Kwame Abayomi, 31, solicited the help of a fellow inmate in a scheme to have a man killed for $6,000 before Abayomi’s trial.

Abayomi was accused of stealing the targeted man’s motorcycle at gunpoint in 2017, news outlets reported.

The sheriff’s office received a tip that Abayomi and another inmate, Shelby Fairley, 29, coordinated with “outside associates” to arrange the killing, Freeman said.

Investigators alleged that Abayomi also enlisted the mother of his children, Claritza Castillo Gomez, 30, and his current girlfriend, Maliyah Franklin, 19, in the plot. The hitman was supposed to be Fairley’s brother, Quinton Ingram, 30, according to authorities.

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The sheriff said that after learning of the alleged plot, deputies notified the intended victim and helped protect him until the arrests were made. “We believe our victim was hours, if not days, from an attempt on his life,” Freeman said.

All five suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The case remained under investigation Tuesday and authorities said there could be additional arrests.

It was not immediately clear whether any of the suspects had attorneys who could comment for them.