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New Details Revealed in Connection with a Midland Murder Plot

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - A plot to murder the boss - thwarted by another employee. NewsWest 9 tracked down the affidavit with new details on exactly what happened.

Two county employees who worked at the Road and Bridge department conspired to kidnap and kill their supervisor Felipe Acosta.

The affidavit describes exactly what those employees planned and how officials unraveled it all.

For Road and Bridge worker 31-year-old Daryl Martin and 40-year-old Karla Burns the evidence of their scheme lies in a series of text messages.

Their plan got thrown off the tracks when another worker contacted officials. It was then that investigators found messages on Martin and Burn's cell phones. Investigators say the two plotted to kidnap and kill supervisor Felipe Acosta shortly after Burns was fired. She detailed her frustration at not being able to find a job and a strong desire to murder her former boss.

During an interview with investigators, Burns said she even thought about waiting outside Acosta's house to kill him when he walked outside. According to the affidavit, they worked out an arrangement to find a gun. Martin stated he had a .357 magnum pistol not registered in his name and they scheduled a target practice.

After the arrest, the two gave consent for investigators to search their cell phones. Both Burns and Martin are facing charges of criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

The two suspects haven't bonded out of jail yet. They're being held in the Midland County Detention Center under $250,000 bond each.

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