A Norristown man already in prison on unrelated charges has been accused of ordering a hit in 2010 on a rival for the affection of a woman, police said Friday.
Officials identified the suspect as Tyuan Simon, 31. Simon was arrested Aug. 2 at the State Correctional Institution at Forest, where he is serving a prison sentence of six months to two years on drug charges.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said investigators probing the Oct. 19, 2010, death of 34-year-old Tyree Whiting in Norristown were told that a person named "L.B." was responsible for the shooting.
L.B, Ferman said, turned out to be a third man who claimed Simon offered $10,000 to kill Whiting. The third man, identified by police as Bruce Woods Jr., pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and faces a sentence of 77 to 154 years in prison.
Whiting died of gunshot wounds in the 1100 block of Swede Street. Whiting and Simon previously dated the same Norristown woman and were rivals at the time of the killing.
Simon is charged with first-degree murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, criminal conspiracy to commit murder, and related offenses.
He was arraigned before District Judge Kathleen Valentine on Aug. 2 and remanded to Graterford Prison without bail.
A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Friday before District Judge Margaret A. Hunsicker in Norristown.
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