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Florida man arrested after attempting to hire undercover detective to kill his brother

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 17:32:53-05

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A man was arrested after detectives say he attempted to hire an undercover detective to commit murder on his behalf.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said on Nov. 7, detectives met 54-year-old Gary Hudge.

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During their meeting, Gary informed detectives that he was interested in having his brother killed due to recent family trouble.

According to detectives, Gary detailed financial disagreements between him and his brother and asked the detective if he was willing to kill him for money.

Over the course of several meetings, Gary provided suggestions on how the murder should take place and at which location would be best. Gary also provided detectives several Michigan addresses for his brother and offered to pay for transportation to commit the crime.

Detectives say Gary offered to provide undercover detectives with a gun and money to show his sincerity at having his brother murdered.

In the final meeting with detectives, Gary provided initial payment for the crime and he was then taken into custody.

Gary was transported to the sheriff's office to be interviewed by detectives. He admitted to detectives he intended to hire the undercover detectives to murder his brother.

He was charged with solicitation of murder, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Gary was then transported to the Pinellas County jail without incident.

The investigation continues.