Fulton man accused of trying to hire man to kill his wife

Quentin Hicks / Courtesy: Oswego Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A Fulton man is facing charges in a murder-for-hire plot.

42-year-old Quentin Hicks, of 519 Rochester Street, is accused of trying to hire another man to kill his estranged wife, who is from Onondaga County.

Authorities say Hicks and another co-conspirator exchanged items in the plot to kill Hicks' wife. They have not specified what those items were the two men allegedly exchanged.

CNY Central's Jim Kenyon obtained court documents that show the alleged co-conspirator worked with investigators and secretely recorded a conversation with Hicks. In that conversation, Hicks allegedly offered $1000 to kill his wife. Hicks is quoted as telling the man he wanted him to cut his wife's jugular and stay there until she stopped bleeding.

Hicks was arrested around 8:50 p.m. Thursday after sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at his home.

The arrest stems from a joint investigation between the Oswego County Sheriff's Office, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, and the City of Fulton Police Department. Sheriff Reuel Todd told Kenyon that he received a tip about the murder for hire plot and immediately notified the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department because the wife lives there. Todd says their main interest was to make sure she was safe.

Investigators say Hicks owns several properties around Fulton.

Hicks is charged with conspiracy, a felony. He was arraigned in Fulton City Court and sent to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail or $1 million bond. He's due back in court on June 27th.

Hicks is currently separated from his wife. Police have not yet offered a motive.

More charges may be filed in the future.