Florida Teacher Allegedly Hired Hitman to Kill Fellow Teacher

James Pepe arrested on solicitation to commit first-degree murder charges.
3:00 | 09/28/12

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out of florida, where a high school teacher has been arrested for putting a hit out on a fellow teacher. James pepe was arrested. And linsey davis has the story. Reporter: Students say one minute, james pepe was teaching them a history lesson. And the next minute, he was history. Arrested right in the middle of class, after he allegedly tried to hire a hitman. Not exactly your textbook murder-for-hire. Shocked. Reporter: Police in florida, arrested the 55-year-old high school social studies teacher during school thursday, after he allegedly tried to hire an out-of-state hitman to take out robert meredith, a fellow teacher. Very strange. Very disconcerting. Reporter: He told us through his front door, he doesn't know why he would want him dead. Never scuffles or words exchanged? Never. Reporter: Police say they were tipped off about the plot in august, when the man pepe thought he was hiring to kill his colleague, instead, called investigators. It moved beyond a fixation, where he believed there was actual danger. That's when he notified law enforcement. Reporter: City police called the fbi that taped phone calls. In one recording made two weeks ago, pepe allegedly told the officer he, quote, had an issue he might need taken care of. Pepe allegedly told the agent he would be willing to pay $2,000. But when the agent tried to arrange a meeting, pepe balked. We thought we had enough to file at the attorney's office. Reporter: Students say pepe liked to be called dr. Professor pepe. He is now charged with solicitation of first-degree He makes his first court appearance today. He did not respond nor his lawyer to our attempts to seek comments. Thank you very much. George, now, to a truly remarkable littl girl.

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