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John Roberts Charged With Murder Attempts While In Jail

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John Thomas Roberts is being charged in a murder for hire plot. John Thomas Roberts is being charged in a murder for hire plot.
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We're learning new details in the case of a Newton county man charged with four counts of attempted murder, in what authorities are calling a murder-for-hire plot.
We first brought you this story on Monday. 31-year-old, John Thomas Roberts, sits in the Newton County Detention Facility this hour on those charges. Not only that, but we're told he is also being held on an unrelated aggravated domestic violence charge.
According to court documents we obtained, Roberts was indicted on that aggravated domestic violence charge back in October.
While in jail, he was charged with four counts of attempted murder. Authorities have not commented as to who Roberts was allegedly targeting or what the suspected reason may have been.
According to Newton Counties District Attorney, Mark Duncan, the earliest Roberts can go before a grand jury on the attempted murder charges is sometime in February, 2014.
We're told The Newton County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics are working together on the investigation.
The Newton County sheriff says Roberts received no bond for the domestic violence charge.
We're continuing to investigate all the twists and turns with this case and we'll have much more coming up tonight on WJTV News Channel 12, the WJTV Facebook page and watch for breaking details on wjtv.com.

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