UPDATE: Steele's Wife Says Husband Is Innocent - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Steele's Wife Says Husband Is Innocent

(Photo of the news conf. on Monday from Tom Durian) (Photo of the news conf. on Monday from Tom Durian)

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - The wife of a Sandpoint-area lawyer says he is innocent of charges that he hired a hitman to kill her.

Cyndi Steele said at a press conference Monday that her husband, Edgar Steele, loves her and did not hire a hitman.

Edgar Steele, a former lawyer for the Aryan Nations, has pleaded not guilty to charges of paying a man to kill his wife and his mother-in-law.

Cyndi Steele said the man who planted a bomb on her car, Larry Fairfax, had stolen money from the family and concocted the murder for hire story to cover up his crime. She said the FBI believes Fairfax despite a lack of reliable evidence.
      
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