Virginia Man Convicted of Hiring Man to Kill His Girlfriend Who Refused Abortion

State   Steven Ertelt   Apr 21, 2009   |   9:00AM    WASHINGTON, DC

Virginia Man Convicted of Hiring Man to Kill His Girlfriend Who Refused Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 21
, 2009

Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) — A Virginia man was convicted on Monday of hiring a man to kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend who refused his request to have an abortion. Raymond Martin Scott, 32, pleaded no contest to charges of solicitation to murder Nakeisha Holliday and solicitation to kill an unborn child.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland said Scott and Holliday worked together and that she was reportedly pregnant with his child. Scott wanted Holliday to get an abortion because he was also seeing another woman.

When Holliday refused to get an abortion, Scott offered an unnamed man $1,300 to kill Holliday and her baby.

Instead, the man contacted authorities and Holliday eventually gave birth to a baby boy in January.

"He’s a hit man with a conscience," Thorne-Begland told the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper.

Police set up a second meeting between the would-be killer and Scott and recorded a conversation providing the evidence they needed to prove their case in court. During the meeting, Scott gave the man a gun and a box of bullets and Scott asked the hitman to wipe the gun clean of his fingerprints.

During the conversation, Scott made it clear his intent was to kill both mother and child.

The informant asked Scott if he should shoot Holliday in the head. According to the newspaper, he replied, "I don’t want the baby saved, man"

When the pair drove away following the meeting, police arrested Scott.

During the court hearing, defense attorney Steven Benjamin said Scott "admits the darkness of his thoughts at the time that he was saying these things" but said Scott never really wanted Holliday and her baby killed.

"He’s very, very sorry," Benjamin said, according to the Dispatch.

When sentenced in June, Scott faces up to 45 years in prison.

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