A Georgia high school student has been charged as an adult after he offered an undercover officer $12,000 to kill two classmates and their families, authorities said.
Morgan Miles Morris, a 17-year-old Pickens High School student, was arrested on a charge of criminal solicitation to commit murder, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s deputies at the school received a tip that Morris was trying to hire someone to kill his classmates, officials said. The sheriff’s office followed up on that tip and arranged for an undercover officer to meet with Morris.
He “offered to pay an undercover officer to kill two different individuals,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “During the meeting with the undercover officer, Morris provided the officer with information on how to carry out the murder.”
Morris was taken into custody after detectives executed a search warrant of the teen’s home and found additional evidence. The sheriff’s office has contacted all potential victims and made them aware of the plot, according to a statement from the agency.
“There is no evidence to indicate a threat against any others,” the sheriff’s office said.
Morris is in the county jail without bond, according to Channel 2 Action News.
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