Soldier accused in murder-for-hire plot has Kentucky ties

A former soldier accused of working with Colombian drug traffickers to kill a federal agent has ties to Kentucky, according to several media reports.

Joseph "Rambo" Hunter pleaded not guilty Saturday in federal court in New York. An indictment said Hunter, 48, was a contract killer and leader of a small group of former soldiers. He was charged with conspiracy, attempting to import cocaine and plotting to kill a law enforcement agent for $800,000. He was flown to the United States after he was expelled from Thailand.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, a local TV station and NBC news reported that Hunter had lived in Owensboro, and a woman at the address said Hunter was her husband.

Prosecutors allege that Hunter served in the Army from 1983 to 2004 and became a killer for hire who successfully arranged several slayings outside the United States. No details were available.

Read more on the case in two Associated Press articles: 3 ex-soldiers accused of plot to kill DEA agent and Ex-soldier pleads not guilty in DEA killing plot