A Washington man is accused of sending a text meant for his hired hitman instructing him to kill his wife and daughter to his former boss, which prompted the boss to immediately contact the Snowhomish County sheriff's department.
People can confirm that the 42-year-old man, named Jeff Lytle, was arrested last week on two counts of criminal solicitation for first-degree murder.
Lytle is currently being held on $1 million bail and has not yet entered a plea to the charges made against him.
People also obtained an affidavit alleging that Lytle had texted a man named Shayne and promised to split the $1.5 million in insurance money he expected to get following the deaths of his wife and four-year-old daughter.
The text read in part:
"You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife … I'm going to take you up on that offer. The message added that his wife's insurance policy "is worth 1 million and if you want a bonus you can kill [Lytle's daughter]. Her life insurance is 500K."
Wow!!! What a dick!
The text also allegedly provided his wife's work schedule and location as well as Lytle's own, while stating that he wanted the hitman to make the hit "look like a robbery gone wrong or make it a accident."
In his defense, Lytle has said that the text was simply a way for him to "vent" his anger, although he first denied that the text had come from him in the first place. Sure, Jeff.
Further, Lytle told police he had written the text months ago and that perhaps his daughter had accidentally sent it to his boss from his drafts folder. SURE, JEFF.
As for Lytle's wife, she told police that she wasn't aware of any issues in the marriage, but that they had been having financial problems because Lytle is currently out of work.
We hope police get to the bottom of this and fast!