Teen accused in murder for hire plot appears in court - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Teen accused in murder for hire plot appears in court

It started with a dream to model, and ended in a murder for hire scheme involving a Memphis teen and a police officer.

Jessica Booth appared in Memphis courtroom Friday.  Booth's attorney waived her preliminary hearing, sending the case to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Booth is charged with four counts of solicitation to commit murder and four counts of attempted first degree murder. Prosecutors say she hatched a plan in early December to kill four men who lived in a Hickory hill house she had once been inside.

The man she enlisted as her hit man was an undercover police officer. That officer said Booth, who mistook cheese in the house for cocaine, wanted the men robbed and killed so she could get the $7,900 she needed to fund modeling classes.

Earnest Fiveash, Booth's attorney, said he hoped to work something out with prosecutors.

"We think we may have, based on the facts and circumstances that have come to light at this point, reached an agreement that we can live with," he said. "We just need a little bit of time to think about it."

Booth's attorney would not say what that new information is.

Prosecutor Paul Hagerman said he has not reached a deal with Booth's attorney.

"Her attorney approached me about a possible guilty plea, and I'm sure we'll be talking," he said.

Hagerman would not say what he would offer in exchange for a guilty plea.

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