Tempe police make arrest in murder-for-hire case

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The following is a press release from the Tempe Police Department:

TEMPE -- On September 5, 2008 Jermorrow Hendrix (06-05-72) was placed under arrest by Tempe Police Department Detectives after an investigation revealed that he and Matthew Awad (04-18-86) were plotting to kill a 22 year old female sexual assault victim.

Awad has been incarcerated since September 6, 2007 awaiting trial on a sexual assault incident that occurred in Tempe in January of 2007. Awad's trial was scheduled to begin on September 15, 2008.

Hendrix was moved to the Department of Corrections prison in Florence in June, 2008 and was scheduled for release on September 6, 2008.

Awad and Hendrix were both inmates at the Maricopa County Jail when they developed a plan to kill the victim in Awad's upcoming trial. Investigation revealed that Hendrix would murder the victim sometime between his September 6, 2008 release and the trial scheduled to begin on September 15, 2008. Awad was to pay Hendrix for him carrying out their plan.

Hendrix had requested some funds up front to secure a gun and some other items to carry out the murder agreement. Part of the plan was to make the murder look like a car jacking or robbery.

Prior to his September 6th release Hendrix was contacted by Tempe Police Detectives, arrested and booked into Tempe City Jail on one count of conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder (A class 2 felony). Awad is still in custody and faces similar charges.