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Clinton, Indiana, Woman Charged with Murder-for-Hire

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

URBANA, Ill. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment on February 6, 2024, charging a Clinton, Indiana, woman, Davetta Cox, 31, with an alleged murder-for-hire scheme occurring from January 16, 2024, through January 26, 2024.

The indictment alleges in two counts that Cox sought to hire someone she believed to be a hitman to kill another individual. The indictment further alleges that Cox offered $6,000 for the murder of this individual.

Cox was arrested in Charleston, Illinois, on January 26, 2024, and has remained in the custody of law enforcement in Macon County, Illinois.

If convicted, the maximum statutory penalties for the alleged crimes charged are up to 20 years imprisonment; up to a $500,000 fine; and up to a six-year term of supervised release.

Agencies participating in the investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office, and the Illinois State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Ritzer is representing the government in the prosecution.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. 

Updated February 8, 2024

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