Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Man in jail tried to hire inmates to kill his third wife


California – A former California lawyer who was indicted in 2013 for the cruise ship murder of his second wife is now accused of trying to arrange the death of his third wife while in jail, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Lonnie L. Kocontes, 57, solicited two fellow county jail inmates last year to get his ex-wife to sign a letter recanting her 2013 testimony against him and then murder her, prosecutors said.

Investigators believe Kocontes strangled his on-again, off-again wife fatally and then tossed her overboard from the MS Island Escape the night after they toured Messina on the Sicilian coast. Her body appeared two days later, floating in the waters near Paola, prosecutors say. More

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