Man asked former Marine to kill ex for dating black man, authorities say

A former Marine who said he served two tours of duty in Iraq told police he didn't believe what he'd heard: An acquaintance was offering to pay him $25,000 to kill an ex-girlfriend and let him watch as he "put a bullet in her head," according to court documents.

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The acquaintance, 62-year-old Keith James Cote, told the Marine he knew he'd killed people before, and thought the deed would be "right up his alley," an arrest affidavit released on Tuesday said. But the combat veteran told police he dismissed the conversation because he couldn't believe Cote was serious.

Cote, who was charged this week with criminal solicitation to commit capital murder, told the Marine that he needed “dirty work, done dirt cheap,” the affidavit said.

“When asked why, (Cote) told (the Marine) he wanted to ‘kill his ex-girlfriend because she is dating a black guy,’” the affidavit said.

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