OSBI agents make arrest in Oklahoma murder-for-hire plot

Cody James Sweetman, 18, faces two charges of solicitation of murder after he paid an undercover agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to kill his ex-girlfriend and another man in McClain County, authorities said.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: June 6, 2012
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State authorities said Wednesday they thwarted a murder-for-hire plot involving a man who wanted his ex-girlfriend and a man killed.

Cody James Sweetman, 18, was arrested and charged Wednesday in McClain County with two counts of solicitation of murder.

The plot began at the McClain County jail, where Sweetman, who was jailed on a stalking complaint last month, offered another inmate $1,000 to kill a male friend of his ex-girlfriend, said Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The inmate declined but said he knew someone else who might be interested. The inmate then notified McClain County sheriff's deputies of Sweetman's offer. An OSBI agent posing as a hired killer called Sweetman after he was released from jail. Sweetman offered him $1,000 to kill the man and agreed to meet the agent June 1 at Sooner Mall in Norman, Brown said.

During the meeting, Sweetman asked the agent to murder a second person.

“He asked that his ex-girlfriend also be murdered, both be shot in the head, and his ex-girlfriend be shot first in front of the original target so he could feel some of the suspect's pain,” Brown said.

Sweetman agreed to pay an additional $500 for the second murder. He gave the agent a down payment and promised to pay the rest when the job was done, Brown said.

The agent promised to complete the murders Tuesday night and meet with Sweetman on Wednesday morning with proof.

Sweetman was arrested when he showed up for that meeting Wednesday at a Love's Country Store in Norman. He was taken to the McClain County jail. Charges were filed later in the day.

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