A Murfreesboro, Tenn., man being held on charges of trying to have his wife harmed also discussed having country singer Travis Tritt murdered for $20,000, prosecutors said. Police and FBI agents listened last week as Parley Drew Hardman tried to arrange to have his ex-wife killed, or her legs broken, said federal prosecutor Sunny Koshy. The woman lives in Michigan, authorities said.
Hardman was having the conversation with Marvin Droznek, who had been arrested on cocaine possession and was cooperating with authorities.
“During a recorded conversation, Hardman asked Droznek how much it would cost to kill country music celebrity Travis Tritt,” prosecutors said in a statement. “Hardman told Droznek that one of his friends had been mistreated by Tritt and wanted him dead. Droznek quoted a price of $20,000 to kill Tritt and Hardman advised him that it would take a couple of months to come up with the money.”
Hardman was arrested after the meeting and charged with two counts of soliciting federal crimes of violence against his ex-wife. He is being held without bond. No federal charges have been filed regarding the Tritt threat, but state charges are possible, Koshy said.
“Needless to say I was shocked to hear I was a target, especially when I have no idea who these people are,” Tritt said. “My family and I are concerned and are taking this potential threat seriously.”
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