Prosecutors Say Steele Angered By Wife's Affair - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Informant Denies He Was Architect Of Murder Plot

UPDATE: A federal informant in a murder-for-hire drama denies he orchestrated a plot to kill the wife and mother-in-law of a northern Idaho attorney Edgar Steele.

Larry Fairfax testified Thursday in the federal trial of Steele, a former Aryan Nations lawyer charged with plotting and paying Fairfax last year to carry out the murders.

Fairfax is accused of making bombs that Steele had hoped would kill his wife, Cyndi Steele, and her mother.

Under questioning from Steele's lawyer, Fairfax denied he was the sole mastermind of the scheme and motivated by money or fame. Yet Fairfax acknowledges he intends to write a book about the experience.

Edgar Steele faces multiple federal felonies and decades in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say Steele offered Fairfax up to $25,000 before Fairfax told federal agents about the plot.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a northern Idaho attorney charged with hiring a hit man to kill his wife and his mother-in-law was motivated by jealousy and fears his wife was
dating another man.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws gave opening statements Wednesday in the government's case against 65-year-old Edgar Steele.

Steele, who in the past has represented white supremacist groups, is accused of orchestrating a botched attempt to have Cyndi Steele and her mother killed last year.

Steele maintains his innocence and is being framed by the government because of the unpopular clients he has represented.

But Haws told jurors Steele had grown resentful of his wife and approached a man hired to do chores on his ranch last year to kill his wife and collect on a life insurance payment.

      
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