Lawyer: Man charged with murder-for-hire plot was set up

Talal Qatabi (New Britain Police)

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot, but the suspect’s attorney says his client was set up by police.

Talal Qatabi, of New Britain, was held on $750,000 bond on Tuesday at his arraignment on attempt to commit murder and drug charges.

Related: 22-year-old charged with murder for hire in New Britain

Police say the warrant is sealed and they could not provide additional information about the alleged plot.

But the 22-year-old Qatabi’s attorney explained the details in court. Jon Schoenhorn says his client and several others saw a Facebook video showing a man making threats with a life. He says Qatabi “made the mistake of commenting on that video.” An informant then approached Qatabi and offered to kill the man in the video for $1,500, a price Schoenhorn called “absurd.” He says no money was exchanged.

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