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Man charged in murder-for-fire plot

8:56 PM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida man who authorities say was keeping a large cache of weapons has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill his wife and her family.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that 39-year-old Jason Simione was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of solicitation to commit murder, possession of a destructive device and child abuse.

When a SWAT team executed a search warrant as his Dania Beach home, they reported finding 68 rifles, shotguns and handguns. Simione owns Bulldog Tactical Equipment in Fort Lauderdale.

The sheriff's office began investigating Simione last week after his wife reported that Simione had injured a 9-month-old baby while arguing with an employee.

Witnesses told detectives Simione had offered acquaintances $150,000 to kill his wife, her mother and her brother.

An email seeking comment from Simione's attorney wasn't immediately answered.

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