After it was reported in December about a possible murder plot against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, new details of the plot have emerged after the release of the audio of a phone call made last November by the plotter from a prison near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Police say that Dana Martin, a convict who is currently serving life sentence at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Vermont, was the key conspirator of the Bieber murder plot.
Police told KOAT, ABC News' Albuquerque affiliate, Martin directed a former prison friend, Mark Staake, and Staake's nephew, Tanner Ruane, to execute the kidnap and murder plan.
The following conversation between Martin and Ruane that's heard in the recording gives vital clues to the murder plot. The telephonic dialogue, police say, makes use of "code-words" to describe the murder plot:
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Martin: "Did he go over the Bieber thing with you?"
Ruane: "Nah. The way I like to work dude, I like to know as little as possible..."
"He is gonna use one of the things you gave him and then he's gonna take care of it."
Authorities interpret the phrase "take care of it" as referring to the murder plot.
The conversation revealed that the murder was not all that they planned to do. The men allegedly planned to castrate the pop singer too.
Raune: "We went and bought the hedge clippers...You're gonna give me 5 large ($5,000) for each one I get."
Police say that they planned to use the clippers to castrate the 18-year-old Canadian singer. Martin also instructed the two men to use his signature paisley scarf to smother their victim to death.
Martin: "Tie it really tight, and that cuts off all the oxygen and then tie it in the back again, really tight. That seals the deal,"
Fortunately for Bieber, before Ruane and Staake could make their way to New York from Vermont, they were arrested by border patrol agents after making a wrong turn into Canada. The two men and Martin are all facing two counts each of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts each of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, the E! News has reported.
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