Las Vegas Firefighter Accused of Hiring Homeless Man to Kill Wife

A man who allegedly tried to have his wife killed for $600 appeared in court for the first time.
3:00 | 10/16/12

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new details on the las vegas firefighter accused of hiring a homeless hitman to beat his wife to death. Both men appeared in court for the first time. And abbie boudreau has the story. Reporter: When police found shanna, the las vegas cocktail waitress and mother, brutally murdered in late september, it seemed like a random crime. But this morning, prosecutors are seeking an indictment against her husband, george, a las vegas city firefighter and west point graduate, saying he was the mastermind behind the gruesome attack. Accusing him of offering this homeless man, $20,000 of beating his once-beautiful bride to death. The minute I heard the way she had died, I knew he had something to do with it. Reporter: And this morning, her closest friends are breaking their silence. Telling "gma" her husband was an abusive husband. He was known for being controlling of her. And this is a case of him trying to control her. One of those, if I can't have her, nobody else can. Reporter: Police say the evidence speaks for itself. The details of the alleged murder plot read like a crime novel. Investigators say george was in constant contact with this homeless man, noel stevens, calling him 86 times in september. The two exchanged phone calls in moments before police believe shanna was murdered. Police say they obtained surveillance video of the two men walking out of a hardware store together. Overnight, stevens' attorney refused to comment. But george's lawyer issued a statement on behalf of his family. Saying, in part, george did not commit the crimes he is charged with. And while all marriages have their ups and downs, george and shauna were committed to each other. To become a fireman and help people, how is it that you, you know, you want to save lives? But you take a life? Reporter: For "good morning america," abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles.

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