A man in Washington State has been arrested in connection with a botched murder-for-hire plot.
Kevin Lewis, 31, was arrested on murder and conspiracy charges on Monday, in the death of his former sister-in-law, Alisha Canales-McGuire, who was fatally shot in her sister’s home in September of 2017. She was babysitting for her sister in northern Washington state, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Lewis was already serving time in prison for assaulting his then-wife, who was the shooting victim’s sister. He was arrested on charges of aggravated murder with a firearm, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation to commit murder.
Lewis allegedly paid two teenagers several thousand dollars to kill his ex-wife, Amanda Canales.
Police have charged a 17-year-old girl from Spokane, and a 20-year-old man from Tacoma, with suspicion of first degree aggravated murder, and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.
“In the analysis of the evidence, detectives believe the two suspects had been approached by Lewis who asked them to kill his ex-wife for several thousand dollars,” said a statement from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. “The two drove from Spokane, where they were both living at the time of the murder, to Snohomish County.”
The statement also disclosed that “cell phone records put the phones of both suspects at locations consistent with traveling together and with the timing of the murder.”
Investigators have said that the male suspect had posted images on social media “showing off several hundred dollar bills just a few hours after the murder.” The female suspect apparently bragged to several friends about being “hired to kill someone in Snohomish County,” according to officials.
The 17-year-old female suspect, who was 16 years old at the time of the shooting, is being held at a juvenile detention center. The 20-year-old male suspect, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, is being held at the Snohomish County jail on a $5 million bail. It’s unclear if either of them has retained attorneys.
“It’s a relief to have the world know what my family and I have known the whole time,” Amanda Canales, Lewis’ ex-wife told ABC’s Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV on Tuesday. “I was with [Kevin Lewis] almost 10 years and I just hid how horrible the marriage was from everyone.”
Even still, she said it’s hard to believe that he could do such a thing.
“They didn’t know the real Kevin. Even I didn’t know how far he’d go until it happened,” she added.