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Man charged in eastern Pa. social club shooting now accused of trying to have witnesses killed


EASTON, Pennsylvania — A man already charged in a shootout at an eastern Pennsylvania social club that killed a woman and injured five other people is now accused of having tried to hire an inmate to kill witnesses in the case.

Thirty-four-year-old Rene Figueroa of Allentown is charged in Northampton County in the December 2012 slaying of 23-year-old Yolanda Morales outside the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society in Bethlehem.

Prosecutors now allege that while in custody in April 2013, Figueroa offered to put up bail money for a county jail inmate and pay him $50,000 to kill two witnesses in the case. Figueroa was arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal solicitation and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

Thirty-nine-year-old Javier Rivera-Alvarado is also charged in the shooting. Prosecutors allege that Figueroa fired the fatal shot.

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