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Police: Inmate hired hitman to kill girlfriend

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A man in prison for stalking and violating a restraining order has also been charged with trying to hire a fellow inmate to murder his ex-girlfriend.

Reed Max Knight, 53, has been in the custody of the Tuscaloosa jail since May 16, when he was charged with violating a restraining order and stalking his ex-girlfriend. While in prison, he attempted to hire another inmate to murder her once that inmate was released from jail, said Capt. Loyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa Police.

Knight provided the inmate with details about his ex-girlfriend's workplace, where she lived and a map of her house. The Tuscaloosa police were alerted about the murder proposal and began an investigation several weeks ago. The investigation led police to interview Knight on Monday and subsequently charge him with solicitation to commit murder.

Knight was being held with no bond for the stalking charge. His charge for violating the restraining order was set at $6,000 and his latest charge of solicitation to murder carries a bond of $60,000.

Knight still has to face the prior charges of stalking on top of the murder-for-hire charge.

"He's not going anywhere," Baker said.

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