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Elderly Woman Charged In Plot To ‘Murder And Maim’ Prosecutors

By: CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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Dorthy Canfield (Photo Credit: provided)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) An elderly woman has been charged in connection with a plot to murder Montgomery County Assistant D.A. Robert Freyer and put D.A. Brett Ligon “in the hospital for two to three weeks.”

Eighty-four-year-old Dorothy Canfield was already jailed on a second degree felony theft charge when presented with the latest solicitation charges. A Texas Rangers informant did monitor Canfield’s communications about her desire to hire a “hitman” to murder law professionals in Montgomery County.

Authorities continued their probe of Canfield and she was then given the name and phone number of an undercover Harris County District Attorney investigator. That investigator met with Canfield at the Montgomery County jail. During a conversation with Canfield, the elderly woman agreed to pay the undercover officer $5,000 to murder Robert Freyer and $2,500 to hospitalize District Attorney Brett Ligon for at least “two to three weeks.”

On Monday morning, Canfield was interviewed by members of the Texas Rangers and confessed to the murder/ bodily harm plot.

Canfield’s admission of the crimes comes just after the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. Both were found fatally shot in their home, located just outside of Dallas in March. Two months earlier, assistant prosecutor Mark E. Hasse was assassinated. Officials in Texas are operating with a heightened sense of vigilance in the wake of the murders McLelland, his wife and Hasse.

In the most recent murder/bodily harm plot, Canfield faces formal charges of solicitation to commit capital murder and solicitation to commit aggravated assault on a public servant.

According to officials, the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Texas Rangers worked on the investigation of Canfield.

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