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The feds used recorded jail calls and cellphone data to bust a pair in a Michigan murder-for-hire investigation

FLINT, MI – Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) used recorded jail calls, business records and cell phone data in their investigation into an alleged murder-for-hire scheme in Flint that was ultimately unsuccessful.

The investigation led to the arrests of Julius K. Jordan and Reginald L. Hunter, both charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire.

A third person, referred to in the federal indictment who was sworn in on April 11 and unsealed on Friday, April 15, as “Person-1” has not been named. He is described as a Maryland resident who previously lived in Flint.

“I have probable reason to believe that at any time, beginning on or about February 6, 2022, and ending on or about February 15, 2022, in the Eastern District of Michigan and elsewhere, Julius K Jordan and Reginald L. Hunter, conspired with each other, and with others known and unknown to the government, to commit murder for hire,” ATF Special Agent Dustin Hurt wrote in his federal affidavit.

The plan

According to the federal indictment naming Jordan and Hunter as suspects in the case, federal authorities say Person-1 agreed to pay Jordan and Hunter to travel to Flint between February 6 and February 15 and kill the man he believes killed Dennis Denard Thomas on February 2. 6.

Thomas, according to the affidavit, was an associate of Person-1 and called himself his “little brother”.

After Thomas’s death, text messages were allegedly exchanged between Person-1 and Jordan and Hunter breaks down an apparent plan for the three men to travel to Michigan and find and kill the person they suspected of shooting and killing Thomas. .

A Feb. 7 text from Hunter to Person-1 asked about renting a vehicle for two weeks, according to the affidavit. Hunter then sent Person-1 a screenshot of Enterprise’s car rental website for a full-size Chevrolet Malibu, which was to be picked up at an Enterprise location in Mobile, Alabama.

On February 11, Person-1 sent $1,000 to Hunter, who then sent $500 to Jordan to lease the Malibu. Jordan told Hunter that on the same day he planned to buy gloves and had a wig, and that Hunter would have to buy a wig as well.

Hunter updated Person-1 on their estimated time of arrival as they traveled to Michigan. Just before 11 p.m. on February 12, Hunter told Person-1 that they had arrived.

Hunter sent Person-1 the location of a hotel in the Flint area on February 13. Person-1 asked Hunter if he had received the money, but Hunter said “no,” according to the affidavit.

“Can you send us half of what you’re trying to pay us because we don’t really bring bread here bro,” Hunter told Person-1 in a text described in the affidavit.

On or about February 13, Person-1 rented a white Ford 4×4 SD crew-cab pickup truck from an Enterprise rental car location near the Detroit Metro Airport.

This vehicle was seen the next day followed by the Malibu rented by Jordan near the intersection of Pierson Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Flint.

The indictment shows that the next day Hunter texted an associate saying he had to hang up his phone because ‘s***’ was about to get ‘real’ and that he and Jordan “were looking for (people)”.

Michigan State Police Traffic Stop

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on February 15, Michigan State Police troopers stopped the Malibu while Jordan was driving, and Hunter was in the front passenger seat.

Police said they noticed an FN Herstal Model PS90 semi-automatic rifle at Hunter’s feet and a .223 caliber magazine protruding from under the driver’s seat.

The two men were asked out of the vehicle and the soldiers found a Talon Armament model TAC-GAR15 semi-automatic rifle with a collapsible stock.

The FN rifle was loaded with 44 rounds and an additional round in the chamber, the indictment states. The Talon rifle was loaded with 39 rounds and an additional round in the chamber.

Through their investigation, authorities said in the affidavit that they were able to verify that Jordan’s short-barreled shotgun was purchased on January 4, 2021 from Arimus Tactical in Halethorpe, Maryland – 16 miles from the address of Person-1.

The FN Herstal Hunter rifle was purchased in August 2019 in Michigan. The dealer information, according to the affidavit, was Michigan Police Equipment in Charlotte.

Interviews with people who had previously bought and sold the weapon suggested it was most recently sold to a known associate of Person-1 in early 2021.

As police were having the Malibu pulled over, the unnamed person drove by and attempted to make two Facetime calls to Hunter.

Both men were arrested on local firearms charges and taken to the Flint city jail before being incarcerated in the Genesee County Jail. They were released on February 18 pending further investigation. But in jail, the duo made several incriminating phone calls, described in the officers’ affidavit.

Jail calls recorded

Before being transferred to Genesee County Jail, Hunter called a person referred to as “Person-2” in the affidavit.

At the start of the call, Hunter asked Person-2 to contact Person-1 on Instagram. Nearly eight minutes into the call, Hunter told Person-2 that Person-1 was in a vehicle ahead of Hunter and Jordan when they were pulled over, and said they needed to be paid.

Hunter called Person-2 from the Genesee County Jail on February 16, asking if Person-2 had spoken to Person-1. The unnamed man said Person-1 was going to pay for Hunter and Jordan to get a lawyer.

“All I know is he better give your a** some money to the mother******* too,” Person-2 said, according to the affidavit. . “I know your a** didn’t come out there and go through all this for nothing.”

Hunter described to Person-2 that Person-1 turned around and walked past her and Jordan while they were being arrested, adding that Person-1 looked “scared as fuck” when they were arrested.

Person-2 said he believed Person-1 should still pay the two men $5,000 or $2,500 for their troubles.

A funeral was held for Thomas on February 18, the day Hunter and Jordan were released from prison. Person-1 paid all funeral expenses and attended visitation, but left before the funeral, the affidavit states.

On March 5, Jordan received a recorded jail call from an associate referred to as “Person-3” in the affidavit who is currently incarcerated in Alabama. Jordan and Hunter spoke with Person-3 about the trip to Michigan under Person-1’s guidance.

“Man, you know the little mission, man,” Jordan reportedly said on the call. He told Person-3 that “the little brother is dead or some shit” and that Person-1 needed someone “to get down there.”

Both men are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, April 20 for a detention hearing before Magistrate Judge Curtis Ivy, Jr.

The hearing will determine whether they will remain in custody for the duration of their legal proceedings.

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