Whitley Co. man accused of planning murder

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WHITLEY CO., Ky. (WKYT)- On January 10th, there was a posting on Topix from a person only identifying himself as “serious as a heart attack.”

“There was a post apparently on Topix stating he would pay money to have this person murdered,” said KSP Trooper Don Trosper.

Court records show that the post promised the would be hit-man $5,000. Half up front, half when the job was done.

The would-be victim, a woman in Corbin, went to police. They launched a five month investigation trying to find out who “serious as a heart attack” was.

“Unfortunately, they think they are anonymous and they can’t be found,” said Trosper.

On Thursday, five months after investigating ISP accounts, computers and other cyber data, police say they discovered that “serious as a heart attack” is actually Tristan James Hall. They believe he tried to find an on line hit-man from a computer in his Corbin apartment.

If you think you can put something on the internet and no one will ever know, police say, think again.

“You can track down the information that is needed to identify where it is coming from,” said Trosper.

Hall declined to give his side of the story from jail, but even if his defense would be that the posting wasn’t serious or if it was meant as a joke, to police it’s serious business.

“We have to treat them all as credible and we have to act upon them as if they are credible,” said Trosper.

Police say they’re still investigating the motive behind the alleged threat to the Corbin woman’s life.

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