Trial set for man who tried to hire hit man

Published 9:00 am Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Winchester man charged with trying to hire an undercover detective as a hit man will face a jury next year.

Jesse R. Long, 38, of 114 Village Court, is facing a single count of solicitation of murder, following his arrest in March.

Thursday, Clark Circuit Judge William Clouse scheduled Long’s trial for Feb. 1, 2018, in Winchester. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Heidi Engel said she thought the trial would take about two days.

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Long was charged after allegedly offering $500 to have another person killed. Winchester Police Capt. James Hall said previously a third party notified the department in late February. The caller told police Long had asked if he knew anyone who would kill another person.

Detectives set up a meeting with Long and an undercover detective. Police said Long believed the intended target was seeing his girlfriend, Hall said. Long also allegedly offered to provide the weapon.

Long was arrested two days later without incident. Neither the girlfriend nor the intended target were harmed, though police did alert them to the situation, Hall said.

Upon conviction, the charge carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years.

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