A Texas lawyer facing capital murder solicitation charges says that he was the target of an entrapment plot by an undercover police officer who exploited the lawyer’s pain over a family member’s alleged sexual abuse and “tried to turn the case into a Dateline mystery.”
Seth Sutton, an attorney in Waco, was indicted in August 2020 on solicitation of capital murder charges. He is accused of trying to get an undercover officer to kill another attorney, Marcus Daniel Beaudin.
Now, according to a court filing, Sutton says that he was entrapped by an undercover police officer who exploited Sutton’s pain over allegations that Beaudin had sexually abused two of Sutton’s family members, the Waco Tribune reported.
According to arrest affidavits, Sutton and another attorney, Chelsea Tijerina, solicited the officer after the officer infiltrated the Red Mouse Cult motorcycle club to investigate gang activity, the Waco Tribune reported.
Tijerina and Sutton, a founding member of the club, allegedly talked about killing Beaudin, going so far as to provide details of Beaudin’s whereabouts and plans to kill him, along with $300 to buy a gun to kill him, the report said.
Sutton and the officer also allegedly decided that the officer would leave town after committing the murder.
A newly-filed discovery motion, however, accuses the officer of being overzealous in trying to entrap Sutton, because he had spent months of “taxpayer time and money” by going undercover with the Red Mouse Cult and had “little, if nothing to show for it.”