NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — A man has been found competent to stand trial on charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill a business associate and the person’s family.
The case against Justin DeWitt has been delayed pending results of the mental health evaluation. On Monday a Johnson County judge ordered the case to proceed. DeWitt’s pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and solicitation.
DeWitt also has pleaded not guilty in a separate case out of Muscatine County. A court document says DeWitt met in Muscatine County Jail with an undercover state agent who DeWitt thought knew a hit man. The document says DeWitt agreed to pay $25,000 to have an Iowa Public Safety Department agent and two other people killed before his Johnson County trial in the first case.