Mother, son charged in murder-for-hire plot to appear in court

EL CAJON (CNS) – A preliminary hearing is scheduled in El Cajon Monday
for a mother and son accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill the man's wife
for financial gain.

June Carol Pickard, 57, and Francis Richard Noble, 32, each face two
felony charges. Pickard is charged with attempted solicitation to commit murder
and conspiracy to commit a crime. Noble is charged with solicitation to commit
murder and conspiracy to commit a crime.

El Cajon police were tipped off to the alleged murder-for-hire plot by
an acquaintance of Pickard's.

The 31-year-old victim has been married to Noble for three years and the
couple has a history of domestic violence, Lt. Steve Shakowski said.

Shakowski said he was convinced that if the concerned citizen hadn't
come forward, the victim would have eventually been killed.

After police received information about the defendants' alleged plans,
an undercover police officer posed as a hitman and met with Pickard in the
parking lot of Parkway Plaza mall. During the meeting, Shakowski said, Noble
spoke of his mother's wish to have his wife killed and made an initial payment
to the undercover officer for the hit.

Police contacted the alleged victim on Jan. 12 after she left the El
Cajon home she shares with both defendants. She was brought to the El Cajon
Police Department where officers told her about the plans to have her killed,
authorities said.

With the victim secured away, the undercover officer told the defendants
she had been killed, and final payment was made, Shakowski said. The
defendants were then arrested at the same parking lot as their earlier
meetings.

At the end of today's preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if enough
evidence was presented for the defendants to stand trial.

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