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UPDATE: Iowa man pleads guilty to multiple counts in murder-for-hire plot

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UPDATE: Justin DeWitt could be seen smiling several times during his court hearing this morning, as he plead guilty to attempt to commit murder in Johnson County. 

DeWitt was facing four counts of Attempted Murder for allegedly planning to have a family of four killed, he plead guilty to two of the counts, the other two were dropped as part of the plea agreement. 

He was also facing four counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder, as part of the plea agreement he plead guilty to two of those counts and the other two were dropped. 

DeWitt will be sentenced in Johnson County on July 16, meanwhile he is awaiting trial in Muscatine County for similar charges. 


A North Liberty man accused of two separate murder-for-hire plots will plead in Johnson County on Monday. 

Justin DeWitt is facing four counts of attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder for allegedly paying to have a family of four killed in 2016. 

DeWitt is accused of trying to hire a hit man who turned out to be an undercover agent. 

Police say he offered a $1,000 down payment for the murder of a man, his wife and their two children ages four and two. 

Ron Robi of North Liberty tells us he tipped off police to DeWitt. 

Robi spent 35 years in prison himself, he believes that's why DeWitt felt comfortable talking to him. 

In fact, Robi claims DeWitt asked him if he knew anybody that would kill someone, he also says DeWitt drove him by the family's home to scope it out. 

Robi made the decision to record a conversation he had with DeWitt and to turn it in to police. 

DeWitt was sent to the Muscatine County jail where he allegedly arranged a second murder-for-hire plot. 

He now faces three more counts of attempted murder in Muscatine County for allegedly agreeing to pay an undercover agent for the murders of three people who were set to be testifying against him in the original case. 

A hearing in the Muscatine case is set for later this month. 

In addition DeWitt was supposed to go to trial later this month in Johnson County but now a plea hearing has been set instead. 

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