A suspect arrested after a woman was found shot to death in a burning car last fall in Worcester, Massachusetts, was arraigned Friday on conspiracy charges, the Telegram & Gazette reports.
According to court documents, a detective learned the victim, Marie Martin of Webster, may have conspired with Thomas Hogan Jr. to have her ex-husband killed over a child custody dispute.
Martin was found dead in a burning vehicle near Hogan's home last November. Hogan was charged with witness intimidation and misleading police in the investigation.
Hogan is being without bail pending a dangerous hearing.
The Telegram reports a detective, according to court documents, learned in 2015 that Hogan had approached a witness about having the ex-husband of a friend involved in a custody battle "bumped off," with the two allegedly agreeing that $10,000 would be paid for the killing.
Martin, according to the Telegram, has a 6-year-old daughter whose father says has been in custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.