Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Allen man spent $25,000 to have wife murdered, then turned himself in
He and the hit man are currently in jail, each with $500,000 bond.
ALLEN A man arrested for allegedly hiring someone to murder his wife was the one who alerted Allen police of the plot, according to the arrest affidavit.
Steven Gordon, 49, is charged with solicitation to commit capital murder for hiring Robert Bass, 45, to kill his wife. Bass is charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder. Both men are being held on $500,000 bond at the Collin County Detention Center.
“[Gordon] came in with this story about a rogue cop that we think was just a fraud that [Bass] told him,” said Sgt. Jon Felty, department spokesman. “He came in and implicated himself in the whole thing.”
According to police, the murder-for-hire plot began when Gordon posted a question to Craigslist asking how to get his wife deported.
Bass, who owns Bass Pro Painters in Garland, contacted him and said he could have drugs planted in her car for $5,000. He told Gordon he would place an anonymous tip to police about the drugs and his uncle, a fictitious narcotics officer, would stop her for a traffic violation, according to the affidavit.
Gordon also paid $4,000 for the uncle to make him an informant so a pending drug possession would be reduced. Bass told him if he backed out of drug plant he would be murdered, according to the affidavit.
After learning that Gordon was planning on entering rehab, Bass told him the drug plan wouldn't work anymore and said they should kill his wife instead. According to the affidavit, Gordon paid him $15,000 for the murder and was told it would happen the day after he entered rehab. Gordon told police he paid another $10,000 to Bass when told a new shooter would have to be hired for the job.
After leaving rehab twice to make sure his family was safe, Gordon contacted Allen police on May 20 to report the corrupt narcotics officer. He was arrested the same day and implicated Bass, who was arrested two days later, in the crime.
Gordon allowed Allen police to download text messages exchanged with Bass from his phone. The day of his arrest, Gordon sent a message saying, “I'm able to comr [sic] up with the 25grand that Bruno wants for the job. Will he still do it?”
He also sent messages saying, “I've worked my butt off to get this money from family,” and, “will he accept that as nd take her out, and still have your uncle change my sentence?”
Those three messages were sent within a 30-minute time period.
Bass responded more than two hours later by saying, “First of all he was waiting for u ... To stop texting. An hes been their. In your house. While sleeping.”
Bass sent four more text messages within a three-minute span saying, “it was scheduled. For the 21st. To give u enough time to clear urself .... how dare u threaten my unc ... If u were just a little bit more patience .... you don't need to no when ... it was going to be done ... but u threaten my uncl.”
The threat was in reference to Gordon saying he would tell internal affairs about the corrupt uncle, according to the affidavit.
Gordon received a message from another number that said “This is bruno ... you want to threaten AB..? We will teach u a lesson.. About AB....[expletive].”
Gordon allowed Allen police to use his phone to contact Bass. They were told that the murder was aborted and that the shooter had been at Gordon's house and “on the target every day.” When asked who was going to do the job, Bass said “U tell me... would you do some thing like that if someone threaten to snitch.”
When asked about getting Gordon's money back, Bass responded, “I will let u talk to bruno about that. Bruno will be at ur.” When police responded by asking “where,” Bass texted back, “Bruno... Is not tbe one u want mad at u ... You better jump on it.. My unc is trying to talk him out of it.”
NBC 5 conducted jailhouse interviews with both suspects. Bass said they never discussed murder, while Gordon said Bass blackmailed him and threatened to hurt his family and that he never wanted his wife killed.
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