A Folly Beach man was arraigned Thursday in federal court on a charge that he hired someone to commit murder.
Federal agents arrested Lawrence Edward Lee, 62, Wednesday night and a search was conducted of his Folly Beach home, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Denise Taiste.
Lee was transported to the Cannon Detention Center that night. He later stood, shackled and dressed in a jail jumpsuit, before Magistrate Judge Bruce Hendricks on the federal charge.
An arraignment hearing released few details about the alleged plot. A target in the case was not named.
An affidavit that would contain the specifics of the case will remain sealed for now, per the request of a U.S. attorney for the state.
Lee's attorney Cameron Blazer, with Savage Law Firm, said more information would be made public during a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week.
Lee did not have a criminal record in South Carolina prior to his arrest Wednesday, according to State Law Enforcement Division records.
Lee owned residential properties in several locations, court records show, including Louisville, Ky.; Corydon, Ind.; Ravenel; Summerville; and Charleston before filing for bankruptcy in 2007.
The results of the search of Lee's Folly Beach home was not available Thursday.
The case is the third murder-for-hire plot to hit the Charleston area in a year's time.
Former bank executive Chris Latham was convicted in February for the use of interstate commerce facilities in a commission of murder-for-hire.
Prosecutors argued that Latham and his girlfriend Wendy Moore, 37, tried to have his wife, Nancy, killed.
Moore was convicted on charges of conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and solicitation of murder for hire.
Retired Charleston Fire Department captain Edward Clinton Jones III was arrested in January on a charge of solicitation to commit murder.
According to Charleston police, Jones offered to pay an undercover officer to kill his wife. That case is still pending.
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