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Money motive in Duff murder-for-hire plot, charges detailed

Thomas 'Tommy" Duff/Photo credit: MS Public Universities Thomas 'Tommy" Duff/Photo credit: MS Public Universities
COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

Three men charged in a murder-for-hire plot against prominent Marion County businessman Tommy Duff made another appearance in court Thursday where they were given 18 additional charges.

Victor Mitchell, 42 of Sumrall, Glen Evans, 46 of Gulfport, and Howard Cameron, 47 of Biloxi, were all arrested on Nov. 19 and previously charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection to the crime. 

On Thursday, the trio appeared before Lamar County Justice Court Judge Denton Plumlee, where they were read their new charges and where additional court records show the motive in the plot was money.

The new charges include conspiracy to kidnap, attempted kidnapping, conspiracy to commit sexual battery, attempted sexual battery and conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted extortion.

MOBILE USERS: View photos of the suspects here.

Each of the three men are facing the same charges, and this is a detailed list of the charges pertaining to Victor Mitchell.

  • Attempted extortion: “Victor Mitchell on Nov. 18, 2016 in the County of Lamar a foresaid, did unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, without lawful authority attempt with Howard Cameron and Glen Evans to commit the crime of extortion in that did attempt to extort Tommy Duff by purchasing items to complete their task and driving to a location to meet the unnamed co-conspirator to obtain Tommy Duff and create a video of Tommy Duff and threatened to make the video public for the purpose of embarrassing him in attempt to obtain money but was thwarted in the attempt by law enforcement.”
  • Conspiracy to commit extortion:  “Victor Mitchell on Nov. 18, 2016 in the County of Lamar a foresaid, did unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, without lawful authority conspire with Glen Evans and Howard Cameron to commit the crime of extortion in that they did conspire to extort Tommy Duff against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi.”
  • Attempted sexual battery: “Victor Mitchell on Nov. 18, 2016 in the County of Lamar a foresaid, did unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, without lawful authority attempt with Glen Evans and Howard Cameron to commit the crime of sexual battery in that they did attempt to…{conduct a sexual act}… to Tommy Duff against his will by purchasing items to complete their task and driving to a location to meet the unnamed co-conspirator to obtain Tommy Duff but was thwarted in the attempt by law enforcement.”
  • Conspiracy to commit sexual battery: “Victor Mitchell on Nov. 18, 2016 in the County of Lamar a foresaid, did unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, without lawful authority conspire with Glen Evans and Howard Cameron to commit the crime of sexual battery in that they did conspire to …{conduct a sexual act}… to Tommy Duff against his will and against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi.”
  • Attempted kidnapping: “Victor Mitchell on Nov. 18, 2016 in the County of Lamar a foresaid, did unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, without lawful authority attempt with Glen Evans and Howard Cameron to commit the crime of kidnapping in that they did attempt to kidnap Tommy Duff against his will by purchasing items to complete their task and driving to a location to meet the unnamed co-conspirator to obtain Tommy Duff but was thwarted in the attempt by law enforcement.”
  • Conspiracy to commit kidnapping: “Victor Mitchell on Nov. 18, 2016 in the County of Lamar a foresaid, did unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, without lawful authority conspire with Glen Evans and Howard Cameron to commit the crime of kidnapping in that they did agree to kidnap and hold Tommy Duff against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi.”

The three men were denied bond on each of the charges and given the opportunity to have a Habeas corpus hearing for the charges.

Meaning, it is their legal challenge to what they are being confined for.

Tommy Duff:

Duff, who is an Institutions of Higher Learning board member was appointed to the IHL Board by Gov. Phil Bryant in May 2015 to represent the Second (Southern) Supreme Court District.

He is also a co-owner, along with his brother, of Duff Capital Investors, according to his biography on the Mississippi Public Universities website. 

The Duff family previously released this statement:

"The Duffs were unaware of this person, attempt and know very few details, they are very pleased with how this being handled by the authorities," said a spokesperson for the family.

The three men will remain in the custody of the Lamar County Jail. 

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