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Pinellas County inmate attempts to hire hitman to kill ex-girlfriend, deputies say

Inmate said "we need a b**** not breathing"
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Posted at 11:43 AM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 11:43:37-05

A Pinellas County inmate is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Christopher Butler, 39, was already incarcerated in the Pinellas County Jail for aggravated assault with a firearm against the same woman.

At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Butler allegedly solicited what deputies call a 'confidential informant' to commit murder in the first degree.

He is accused of hand-writing notes and providing the informant with information about the woman and signing over his 2002 Ford Windstar van as initial payment for the murder.

On a recorded statement, Butler told the informant to go by the woman's house and "light her a** up."

He was also recorded saying "you gotta make every shot count. We don't need no wounded, we need a b**** not breathing."

Butler acknowledged it was his voice on the recordings, but claimed he just said them "out of anger."

He is now charged with solicitation to commit murder in the first degree.