Littlefield man charged with planning murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/4/09

Littlefield man charged with planning murder

Courtesy: Hockley Co. Courtesy: Hockley Co.

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Authorities arrest a Littlefield man, accused of planning to blow up his estranged wife. Jason Sanders, 32, is charged with criminal solicitation for capital murder. Thursday night, Sanders was behind bars at the Hockley County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Authorities arrested Sanders Thursday afternoon in Levelland.  "We can't afford to not take it seriously," Investigator for the 286th Judicial District Kevin Davis said. 

On Monday, a confidential informant contacted Levelland Police. He told authorities Sanders planned to kill his wife. "The informant described the suspect seeking to have an explosive device built or placed in the intended victim's vehicle," Davis said. 

Court papers state Sanders asked the informant to help build or get the explosive device. The papers go on to state Sanders discussed the size, placement, and timing of the bomb and explosion. Investigators learned the threat was real, so they called in investigators with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to discuss strategy.

They decided on a sting, with a fake pipe bomb. "One that's completely safe, but looks completely real," Davis said. Deputies with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad built the device.  

Investigators set up the sting where Sanders worked on the east side of Levelland. They say that's where Sanders agreed to purchase the fake explosive, and that's when they made the arrest.  "The tactical team with Levelland Police Department was very professional and swift, and it went down without a problem at all," Davis said. 

Thursday night, Sanders remained behind bars, charged with the first degree felony of criminal solicitation for capital murder. Investigator Davis tells NewsChannel 11 he's never seen a case like this in his 16 years of law enforcement. "Not like this. It's a first for me," Davis said. 

Authorities did contact Sanders' estranged wife. They tell us she's shocked, but safe.

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