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Murder for hire: Pecos man contacts undercover officer to hire hit man in Brownwood

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 10 2012 09:15:21 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 11 2012 10:22:40 AM CST
Brownwood law enforcement

BROWNWOOD, Texas -

A Pecos man is in the Brown County Jail accused of trying to hire a hit man.

This past April, Texas Rangers received information that 37-year-old Michael Joseph Bien was trying to find a person to murder another individual.

Bien was arrested a short time later in Reeves County on other charges.

Upon release, authorities said Bien immediately contacted an individual  to hire a hit man for murder; that person was an undercover police officer.

Bien met the undercover officer of the Texas Department of Public Safety in the 400 block of West Commerce in Brownwood.

Bien is charged with Solicitation of Capital Murder with a bond of $500,000.