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Sure-Fire Plan

Dwayne Lamont Moten, 20, was estranged from his wife, and came up with a way to prove his wife was a bad mother so he could gain custody of their 3-year-old son. Moten hired a friend to shoot him, police in Dallas, Texas, say, so he could testify his wife’s boyfriend did it — “two individuals trying to frame a third individual,” a police spokesman said. Investigators said the friend, Jacob Wheeler, 20, fired the shots, but Moten “realized he was shot a little worse than he had planned” and began screaming for help. Too late: he died, and Wheeler has been charged with murder. “There’s legal ways to get custody of a child,” the police investigator offered — “taking a bullet, and ultimately dying, is definitely not one of those ways.” (RC/KDFW Dallas) ...The child in question is lucky.
Original Publication Date: 18 July 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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