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Newsweek Tom Porter,Newsweek 15 hours ago . (April 4th 2018)
A former U.S. Army sniper and two former American soldiers agreed to become hitmen for a crime boss seeking to settle a score with a real estate agent in the Philippines, prosecutors say.
Former Special Forces soldier Joseph Hunter is accused of recruiting ex-U.S. military personnel Adam Samia and Carl David Stillwell for the 2012 hit, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Eagan said in opening statements on Tuesday as cited by the Associated Press.
All three have pleaded not guilty to murder conspiracy, and their defense attorneys said that the evidence is too weak to convict them.
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Thai police escort American drug suspect, Joseph Hunter, 48, who was flown from Phuket province to the Police Aviation Division airport in Bangkok September 26, 2013. Hunter is accused of hiring two former U.S. soldiers to execute a hit on behalf of a South African gangster. Reuters
The trial, to be heard in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, promises a rare glimpse into the world of former professional soldiers turned mercenaries.
Hunter, 52, is accused of being at the center of the plot to murder Philippines estate agent Catherine Lee, while working for South African international crime boss Paul Le Roux.