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Isaiah Carter

Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say a man in the Racine County Jail on drug charges tried to hire a man in Milwaukee to kill a witness in his case.

Isaiah Carter, 25, of Mounds View, MN, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single felony count of solicitation to commit 1st degree intentional homicide. If convicted, he faces up to 12-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, last December Carter was in custody on charges of 1st degree endangering safety for distributing cocaine to several people, one of whom overdosed. Another inmate told authorities that Carter asked him if he knew anyone in Milwaukee who could kill a witness in Carter’s drug case. The man said his brother could probably help, and Carter offered to pay him $3,000 to get the job done.

Deputies say Carter offered to provide the witness’ vehicle information and location so the hitman could shoot the witness and to provide a heroin connection in Milwaukee to make the witness’ death look like an overdose. Carter made contact with his mother about wiring money via Western Union and she confirmed that she received a letter from him. Carter’s mother asked him if he was sure “about these people” and he told her he was.

A few days later Carter again made contact with his mother, and Western Union records confirm that she wired $200 on Dec. 26, 2014, the complaint reads. The day before, though, Carter’s mother asked him to be more specific about how much money he would need so she could make arrangements to get it to him.

Carter remains in the Racine County Jail for this charge on a $25,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is March 5. His drug case is set to go to trial soon, and a final pre-trial conference scheduled for March 3.