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Septuagenarian charged with trying to hire hit man

TAYLORSVILLE (AP) — Deputies say a 70-year-old Alexander County man tried to hire a hit man to kill someone who owed him money.

WSOC-TV reports Thursday that Jackie Fox was arrested during a traffic stop near his home and charged with solicitation to commit murder.

Deputies say Fox tried to pay someone $2,500 to kill a man who owed him money. Authorities have released few details about their investigation but say they have a solid case against Fox.

Fox was jailed Thursday on a $750,000 bond, and it wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.

Fox’s wife says her husband may have been confused because of medication that he takes.

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