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Feds charge three for alleged roles in Columbia murder for hire plot

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 14:50:00-05

COLUMBIA, Md. — Federal prosecutors have charged three local men for their alleged roles in a murder for hire plot.

Jourdain Larose, 26, is accused of paying off 25-year-old Tyrik Braxton and Daquante Thomas, 19, to arrange and carryout the murder of Juan Ross, 23.

Court documents say Larose had suspicions that Ross was cooperating with a law enforcement investigation.

On October 4, 2020, prosecutors say Braxton, Thomas, and another suspect drove to Basket Ring Court in Columbia to locate Ross.

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Later that day, Thomas returned with the other suspect and shot Ross multiple times in the head, killing him.

A few hours after the murder, Braxton allegedly face-timed Larose, and told him “It’s going to be hot as sh*t out here,” to which Larose responded, “It already is bro.”

Thomas and Braxton have already been charged locally by Howard County Police for their alleged involvement.