Fake Hit-Man Stops Fayette Murder
Residents said they never thought something like this would happen in Fayette. The movie-like plot started Feb. 13 when police say Robert W. Morgan hired a person he thought was a hitman to kill James McDougal.
Residents describe Morgan as a prominent member of the community who owns a construction company and the Painted Lady bar.
According to court papers, the hitman-turned-informant led Morgan to believe he killed McDougal, but McDougal was actually safe at a secret location. Morgan then paid the informant money he promised and thanked him for the killing.
Prosecutors said the case is a real murder mystery.
"The various facts about the case, the context of how this arose, those are things that are going to come up in both the preliminary hearing as well as in the trial itself," said Scott Holste, spokesman for the Missouri Attorney General's Office.
Morgan is held without bond in the Howard County Jail. He could be sentenced to 5-15 years in prison, if he's convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.