Two Texas attorneys, Seth Andrew Sutton, 45, and Chelsea Tijerina, 33, have been arrested on first-degree felony charges of conspiracy to commit capital murder. According to arrest affidavits, earlier this month, Sutton approached an undercover Waco police officer to set up a hit on fellow attorney — and Tijerina’s former husband — Marcus Beaudin.
According to police, Sutton offered the officer $300 to buy a gun and said he’d help the officer leave town after Beaudin was killed. Local cops then involved the Texas Rangers, and the following day, the affidavit states both Sutton and Tijerina met with the undercover cop to discuss the details of the murder-for-hire plot.
“Chelsea Tijerina (Beaudin) and Sutton provided a timeline for the murder as well as establishing alibis for Chelsea Tijerina (Beaudin) and Sutton,” the affidavit states. “On May 22, Sutton met (with the undercover officer) an provided (the officer) with $300 to purchase a firearm to be used to murder Marcus Beaudin.”
The Waco Tribune reports that earlier this year, Beaudin was arrested on charges of indecency with a child, though he was never indicted:
Beaudin, 37, was arrested in February on a felony charge of indecency with a child. Woodway police accused Beaudin of sexually touching a 10-year-old family member in December. He has not been indicted by a grand jury, and Beaudin’s attorney, Josh Tetens, has said Beaudin denies the claims.
On Tuesday, Sutton and Tijerina posted $1 million bonds and were released from jail.
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