FHP: St. Pete man allegedly tried to hire hit man, cover tracks by traveling to Missouri

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A St. Petersburg man has been arrested after allegedly trying to hire a hit man to carry out a killing while he was out of the state.

A Florida Highway Patrol arrest report obtained by ABC Action News on Sunday stated Robert Michael Morgan, 67, allegedly asked a person to kill an associate.

The report did not say who Morgan allegedly solicited for the killing, or if that person accepted or denied the solicitation.

The arrest report stated Morgan told the desired hit man that he would be out of town visiting a brother in St. Louis, Missouri, while the attempted hit was carried out. Morgan is originally from Missouri.

He also allegedly told the person he wouldn't be a suspect in the killing because his alibi would be that he was in Missouri and couldn't have carried out the murder.

FHP troopers arrested Morgan on Friday at 8:45 p.m. at the St. Pete trailer park where he lives at 4000 24th St. N.

The potential victim of Morgan's hit has not been identified. Morgan is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on no bond.

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