Police: Man 'butt-dialed' former employee he was trying to have killed

Nov. 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

JONESBORO, Ark., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Police in Arkansas said a car dealership owner allegedly plotting to have a former employee killed inadvertently telephoned the man while talking to a hit man.

Jonesboro police said Larry Barnett, 68, owner of Legend Motor Company, called a former employee while speaking to a hired killer about having the former employee killed, KAIT-TV, Jonesboro, reported Wednesday.

Sgt. Doug Formon said the conversation had ended by the time police arrived at the former employee's home, but the call made from Barnett's phone was still active.

Police said Barnett allegedly wanted to have the former employee killed because the suspect owed the intended victim a large sum of money.

"I've been here now for 25 years and I've never recalled a time when a subject has accidentally, if you will, 'butt-dialed' someone they're either trying to commit a crime against or the possible victim of the crime," Formon said.

Barnett, who police said was also allegedly falsifying documents to get loans for non-existent vehicles, faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, felony theft greater than $25,000 and felony forgery.

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