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UPDATE: Yakima Sheriff's Deputies arrest man and woman from Richland in alleged murder for hire plot

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Both suspects have been booked into the Yakima County Jail for solicitation to commit murder. Both suspects have been booked into the Yakima County Jail for solicitation to commit murder.

YAKIMA, WA.- A Richland couple is behind bars after Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies say the couple tried to hire a hit-man to kill the woman's ex husband.

49-year-old John Feher and 33-year-old Heather Walbridge appeared in court Monday afternoon after an undercover deputy caught them trying to hire a hit-man in Yakima.

According to court documents the sheriff's office received a tip last week that Feher and Walbridge were planning a murder for hire.

Deputies obtained a warrant and recorded phone messages between the couple that detailed the plans to carry out the murder of Walbridge's 36-year-old ex-husband, Ben Walbridge.     

This past Saturday Feher and Walbridge met with an undercover deputy, posing as a hit-man, here in Yakima.      

During the meeting both suspects repeatedly expressed their desire to have Walbridge's ex-husband killed and even offered money on the spot to the undercover deputy.    

"We had enough to make the arrest before the money was offered," Detective Mike Russell said, "However in an attempt to gather enough information and evidence we wanted to see what they were willing to do to seal the deal."    

Feher and Walbridge also provided the deputy with a map, an interior diagram of the home, and pictures of the intended victim.      

Today both suspects appeared for their preliminary appearances where they're facing solicitation to commit murder in the first degree charges. They're both currently being held on $100,000 bail.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office tells us the Richland couple's trial will most likely take place in Benton County.

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PREVIOUS- The Yakima County Sheriff's office says they have arrested a man and woman from Richland who allegedly were in the process of hiring a hit man in a murder for hire plot. 

On the 15th of March investigators received a tip suggesting the plot was being conducted. That tip suggested a 49-year-old male and a 33-year-old female were trying to hire someone to kill the ex-husband of the female involved. The ex-husband lives in Vancouver, Washington.

Investigators uncovered text messages that fell in line with the information and obtained a search warrant allowing them to intercept phone calls and other private communications. The recorded phone calls included very detailed plans and directions of the planned murder. Both suspects, "expressed a desire to be connected with a hit man that would be willing to carry out the murder," according to Detective Sergeant Mike Russell.

On Saturday, the two suspects met with an undercover officer in Yakima who acted as a hit man. During the recorded meeting the suspects repeatedly expressed their desires for killing the victim in a such a way that his remains would never be found. The suspects gave documents including pictures and addresses of their intended victim to the undercover officer. They even included a map to the victims home and a diagram of the interior with the promise a key and garage door opener would be provided. At the end of the meeting the two suspects provided the "hit man" with money to initiate carrying out their murder plot.

Both suspects have been booked into the Yakima County Jail for solicitation to commit murder. 

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