EVERETT, Wash. - Three people have been arrested after a 2017 murder-for-hire plot went awry.
On Monday, Sheriff’s officials said that the woman who was killed was actually the wrong victim.
The investigation into the case began in September 2017 after 24-year-old Alisha Canales-McGuire was shot to death at her sister’s home.
Although a suspect could not be immediately identified, detectives persisted and eventually figured out what happened.
Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said that investigators now believe that two suspects, a 17-year-old Spokane girl and a 20-year-old Tacoma man, were paid by the victim’s former brother-in-law, 31-year-old Kevin Lewis, to commit murder.
The intended target was Lewis’ ex-wife Amanda Canales, the victim’s sister. But Canales was out of town on September 20, 2017 and the suspects ended up killing her sister who was staying at her home to help take care of her three children.
The 17-year-old and 20-year-old are now under arrest on suspicion of first-degree aggravated murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.
Kevin Lewis was already in prison for assaulting his ex-wife. He has now also been arrested for the same charges as the two other suspects, as well as solicitation to commit murder.
During the extensive investigation, evidence was gathered from social media accounts and cell phones. Search warrants were even served to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.
In the analysis of the evidence, detectives believe that the two suspects that killed the victim had been approached by Lewis who asked them to kill his ex-wife for several thousand dollars.
The two drove from Spokane where they were living at the time and carried out the crime. Cell phone records put the phones of both suspects at locations consistent with traveling together and with the timing of the murder.
The male suspect posted photos on social media showing off several hundred dollar bills just a few hours after the murder. The female suspect also allegedly bragged to several acquaintances that she’d been hired to kill someone in Snohomish County.
The male suspect, who was 18 years old at the time of the murder, is being held in the Snohomish County jail on $5 million bail. The female suspect, who was 16 at the time of the murder, is being held in the Denney Juvenile Justice Center.
On Wednesday, the 17-year-old girl, now identified as Alexis Hale, pled "not guilty" in her pre-trial hearing. She will be charged as an adult and her bail was increased from $250,000 (juvenile amount) to $2 million (adult amount).
This information comes from KOMO News in Seattle.
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