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Cousins Charged In Foiled Murder-For-Hire Plot

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Pratakkumer Patel Pratakkumer Patel
Kalpesh Patel Kalpesh Patel

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. – Two cousins in Rutherford County have been arrested after a murder-for-hire plot was foiled by investigators.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested 31-year-old Pratakkumer Patel and 44-year-old Kalpesh Patel. Both men were charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

The TBI began investigating Monday after receiving information that the two men had solicited a potential hitman to shoot Pratakkumer's wife on Tuesday morning. Their investigation found the pair paid the hitman $15,000 in cash and provided an address, vehicle description, and a photograph of the intended victim.

Pratakkumer Patel was arrested at the Triple S Market in Gallatin, and booked into the Rutherford County Jail on $100,000 bond. He later posted the bond, but was held by immigration. Kalpesh Patel was taken into custody at the Almaville Market in Rutherford County, and booked into the Rutherford County Jail on $130,000 bond. Immigration has also placed a hold on him.

Kalpesh was currently out on bond for an identity theft charge in Murfreesboro.

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