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Claimed fake lawyer in theft case accused of plotting copycat prosecutor slaying

Posted Apr 15, 2013 2:39 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Dorothy Canfield, 84, had been facing merely a theft case, accused of bilking clients by posing as an immigration lawyer, when she is in fact not an attorney.

But now she's charged as well with solicitation of capital murder and solicitation to commit aggravated assault on a public servant over accusations that she sought a hit man to attack Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon and kill assistant district attorney Rob Freyer, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities say Canfield had hoped to hire a hit man and have him make the attacks look like the unsolved killings of two other Texas prosecutors, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

Neither Ligon nor Freyer was hurt in the alleged plot, which surfaced earlier this month.

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