Hodges man faces charges in murder-for-hire investigation

by Antonio Miles May 11, 2018, 4:04
Hodges man faces charges in murder-for-hire investigation

A Lexington County deputy working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation submitted an affidavit in a U.S. District Court that alleges Lecroy contacted a confidential source in the Federal Bureau of Investigation on March 19 seeking help in killing his black neighbor.

He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Brandon Cory Lecroy, 25, allegedly attempted to hire a hit man to murder his black neighbor, hang the man from a tree and place a "flaming cross" in his yard, the Index-Journal reported.

"The affidavit did not explain why Lecroy allegedly wanted to kill his neighbor, but he did tell the officer "$500 and he's a ghost".

Lecroy sent the undercover officer pictures of the neighbor he wanted killed in the small town of Hodges in Greenwood County, according to court papers.

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A Hodges man tried to hire someone to kill his black neighbor, hang him from a tree and put a burning cross in his yard, according to an affidavit filed in a U.S. District Court.

Lecroy should also be charged with making a terroristic threat, though his white privilege apparently worked even when he was clearly committing a crime. He recommended times for the murder, described his plan to take his neighbor's land and promised more jobs to come. He gave the agent a $100 down payment in cash for the murder plot.

According to online jail records, Lecroy was arrested by U.S. Marshals on April 10.

Lecroy gave the money "with acknowledgment that this payment was for the murder of his neighbor", court documents said, according to the Post & Courier. In a subsequent phone conversation in March, Lecroy told the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent he planned to take over the victim's property and wanted to buy a 9 mm "ghost gun" that would be untraceable, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation account. His attorney did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

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