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Inmate Indicted in Murder Plot

(Amarillo, Texas-AP) -- A federal grand jury in Amarillo, Texas has indicted a Texas prison inmate on two felony counts of plotting to kill the Denver judge who presided over the bombing trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

The indictment alleges 28-year-old Christopher Lee Bennett solicited two men in January 2001 to kill U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch.

Bennett was indicted yesterday. He was in prison at the time of the alleged offense. State officials say in late 1995, he began serving a 99-year sentence at the Clements Unit in Amarillo for a capital murder in El Paso in 1994.

Information about how Bennett allegedly communicated with the two men was unavailable as was the nature of the relationship between Bennett and the pair.


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