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Mother and Daughter Drop Bail Pleas

A Paradise Hills woman and her La Mesa daughter, who are accused independently of trying to hire an assassin to kill their estranged husbands, decided not to ask a judge to lower their bails Thursday.

Municipal Judge Nicholas Kasimatis left bail as set, at $50,000, for Judith Lynette East, 45, and $30,000 for her daughter, Venise Lynette Morris, 27. They remain in custody in the County Jail at Las Colinas.

A preliminary hearing for the women on separate charges of trying to solicit a murder is scheduled to begin Oct. 3. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison.

“We haven’t received all the (investigative) reports yet, so for now we’re willing to accept bail as set,” said Morris’ attorney, Robert Slatton.

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Authorities say neither woman apparently knew that the other was trying to hire a hit man at the same time last week. An undercover police officer posing as a paid killer contacted the women separately, and each allegedly promised to pay him for the killing from her husband’s life insurance.


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