Police have charged a man in Clay County with paying someone to kill his girlfriend's former boyfriend, Sheriff Kevin Johnson said Wednesday.
They also arrested the allege killer.
Deputies arrested Thomas Daniel Miracle, 35, Tuesday evening on a charge of solicitation to commit murder.
Miracle's initial court appearance was Wednesday, and he pleaded not guilty, according to Circuit Clerk James Phillips' office.
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Miracle is accused of paying Roscoe Henson, 32, of Clay County, to kill Trevor Dykes, Johnson said.
Police arrested Henson Wednesday afternoon in Clay County on a charge of murdering Dykes, according to the sheriff's department. He is being held at the Clay County jail.
Dykes, 24, was shot to death July 27.
Johnson said Dykes and a former girlfriend were involved in a custody dispute over their son. Miracle was the woman's new boyfriend.
Johnson said there was an allegation that the woman has a drug problem, which might have raised concern about her losing custody.
Police suspect that Miracle saw an opportunity to please the woman by getting rid of Dykes and ending the custody dispute, Johnson said.
Police didn't release the amount of money Miracle allegedly paid Henson.
Johnson said Miracle told police that the woman had no knowledge of the alleged plot. The investigation is continuing, the sheriff said.
Henson allegedly waited outside Dykes' house and shot him with a pistol as he stepped out to go to work.
It's possible the killer also would have shot Dykes' fiancée, who lived with him, but the gun jammed, Johnson said.
Dykes' fiancée was pregnant and miscarried after he was killed, Johnson said.
Dykes had worked at Hot Rod's Service Center as a mechanic for about four years, owner Becky Smallwood said.
Smallwood said Dykes was personable and good with customers. He'd had a serious motorcycle wreck in 2013, but he came back before he was fully healed, Smallwood said.
"He was a hard-working boy," she said.
Miracle is being held in the Clay County jail in lieu of $750,000 bond, according to the jail website.