State worker accused of trying to hire hitman

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Washington state employee Brian Cox being led from a transport vehicle Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (KIRO 7, courtesy

TUMWATER, Wash. (KIRO/AP) — Police in Tumwater, Wash., have arrested a state employee accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife.

Brian Cox was booked into jail Tuesday for investigation of criminal solicitation to commit murder. As he was led to jail, he told KIRO-TV in a video interview aired Tuesday night that he “did nothing wrong” and said he was being set up.

Police reportedly began investigating the Department of Financial Institutions employee late last month after a confidential source told detectives that he had been offered money to kill the man’s wife.

Cox, a Washington State employee, was caught offering cash to a police informant to have his wife murdered, according to Tumwater Detective Jen Kolb.

“I can tell you that Mr. Cox had been in a pretty contentious divorce with his estranged wife,” Kolb said, after arresting Cox. “At this point, it seems purely money-driven.”

Detectives tell KIRO-7 they first learned of the plot when an associate of  Brian Cox revealed it to Cox’s employer, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, where Cox worked as a financial examiner.

Tumwater police Detective Jen Kolb saaid the couple is involved in a divorce. The detective described Cox’s estranged wife as “absolutely stunned and obviously devastated.”’s extended coverage:


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