A local man who was facing up to 40 years in prison for dozens of white collar crimes is now being charged with solicitation of murder-for-hire.
Defendant Charles Waldo has already been in custody for quite some time, according to Martinez Jail records, but sources say he’s been trying to find someone who would agree to kill nine of the people who are set to testify against him at his upcoming trial.
A total of 200 witnesses are scheduled to come forward so at this point, it’s unclear how he came to target this specific group.
Sources close to the investigation said the defendant had written up a potential hit list from inside the Contra Costa County Jail and it included possible ways for his intended targets to die, including overdoses, car accidents and robberies.
He is currently being held on $1 million dollar bail bonds for his original charges; that amount is likely to increase once he’s arranged on the murder-for-hire offense.
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