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Feds Rest Their Case In Murder-For-Hire Trial

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal prosecutors have rested their case against a former attorney for the Aryan Nations who is charged with hiring a hit man to kill his wife and mother-in-law.

The prosecution rested its case against Edgar Steele on Monday morning. Now Steele's defense lawyers will tell his side in the murder-for-hire trial that started last week in Boise.

Prosecutors say Steele paid his ranch hand, Larry Fairfax, to kill his wife and mother-in-law so he could collect a life insurance payment and pursue another romantic relationship.

Fairfax ultimately tipped off federal agents, and prosecutors say he secretly recorded conversations in which he and Steele discussed the murder plot. Steele contends those recordings are fakes and he is the victim of a conspiracy by the federal government, which was irritated when he represented white supremacist groups

   

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