Man charged in conspiracy to commit murder

Staff Report

Joseph Helton

A man and his juvenile girlfriend have been arrested after allegedly sending threatening letters and text messages to two other individuals.

According to a news release from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Bell County Dispatch received a call around 8:05 p.m. Wednesday about the alleged threats.

Lt. Dan Tuttle of the BCSD investigated the threats and discovered that Joseph L. Helton, 18, and his juvenile girlfriend had over time allegedly “sent letters and text messages in regard to causing serious physical injury or death to the juvenile girlfriend’s relatives.”

The threats were made so Helton and his girlfriend could be together, according to the release.

Tuttle stated in the release that Helton and his girlfriend formulated a plan for Helton to go to the girlfriend’s residence, on a date to be determined, using pictures sent to him by her of the entrances and exits to the residence so that he could enter in and kill the victims. Both parties were to run away together afterward.

The information obtained targeted the girlfriend’s aunt and uncle, according to Tuttle.

Helton and his girlfriend were arrested at 12:05 a.m. Thursday.

Helton is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.

Helton is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 9:30 a.m., according to Bell County Jailer Gary Ferguson.

The juvenile female was taken to an Adair County holding facility. No charges against her were listed in the release and no further information could be obtained due to her status as a juvenile.

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Staff Report

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