Inmate accused in murder-for-hire plot

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man is accused in a court filing of trying to hire someone to kill the purported victim in a sex trafficking case and a federal prosecutor.

Thirty-two-year-old Bradley Cook of Kirkwood is one of five people charged in Kansas City with torturing and mutilating a runaway teen who authorities say was a sex slave for years.

A statement prosecutors filed with a federal appeals court in St. Louis says he hatched an alleged murder-for-hire scheme while he was at a private jail for federal inmates in Leavenworth, Kan.

The Kansas City Star reported that Cook has not been charged with attempting to hire a hit man.

Cook’s lawyer, Carter Collins Law, responded in a court filing Friday afternoon, calling the new allegations “dramatic,” “incendiary” and “extraordinarily inflammatory.”


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