Meridian Star

January 13, 2014

Arrest made in Pike Co. murder-for-hire plot

The Associated Press
Associated Press

MCCOMB, Miss. — Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Pike County man accused for soliciting an undercover lawman to kill his wife and stepdaughter.

Pike County sheriff's investigator Bruce Fairburn tells The Enterprise-Journal (http://bit.ly/1fr5DSc ) that Paul Jerry Dion, 55, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Dion is expected to make an initial court appearance this week.

Pike County Sheriff Mark Shepherd said lawmen used vehicles and a state agency's helicopter to follow Dion after learning he was leaving Pike County. They then alerted deputies in Marion County to stop and arrest Dion, which they did Thursday.

Dion reportedly solicited an undercover operative posing as a hitman to kill Dion's wife and his 22-year-old stepdaughter and dispose of their bodies, Fairburn said.

Officials did not release the names of Dion's wife and stepdaughter.

Fairburn said the undercover lawman recorded phone calls and face-to-face meetings with Dion regarding the murder-for-hire plot.

Fairburn would not reveal how much money was offered, but he said authorities seized a briefcase with cash.

Dion is being held in the Pike County jail.