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Prosecutor: Steele Likely Violated Court Order

Edgar Steele (on the left) Larry Fairfax (on the right) Edgar Steele (on the left) Larry Fairfax (on the right)

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A federal prosecutor says former Aryan Nations lawyer Edgar Steele appears to have violated a no-contact order with his wife, a woman he is accused of trying to have killed.

In court documents, assistant U.S. Attorney Traci J. Whelan says Steele mailed a birthday card from jail with a message for his wife, Cynthia, and attempted to persuade her to help him.

The card reads: "Never, in a million years, would I do anything to knowingly harm you."

Steele addressed the card to his daughter, but prosecutors say it was mailed last month near the date of his wife's July 29 birthday and the content of his full handwritten message is indicative of what a husband might say to a spouse.

Steele is accused of hiring a hit man to try to kill his wife and mother-in-law. He has been in custody since a federal raid at his northern Idaho home on July 11.

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