Documents: Murder-for-hire suspect referenced Breaking Bad in ricin case
By: Jay Dillon, Senior Digital Content Manager - email
Preston Rhoads was arraigned 4/25/14 on two charges each of solicitation to commit murder and attempting to kill.
A man arrested last week on charges that he tried to hire someone to kill his pregnant girlfriend, referenced Breaking Bad when he pitched his murder-for-hire plot to the person who turned him in to the FBI.
Preston Rhoads, 30, was arrested April 17 on charges that he tried to hire someone to kill his pregnant girlfriend.
On Friday, Rhoads was arraigned on two charges each of solicitation to commit murder and attempting to kill.
In the affidavit filed in Oklahoma County court, the FBI says it was contacted by a confidential source who said Rhoads had asked him to kill his girlfriend. The source told the FBI the two exchanged text messages on April 9 where they discussed a meeting the two had set up. According to the affidavit, Rhoads told him it was something "serious" and the source said they could "make people disappear". Rhoads responded not to joke about it if the source couldn't deliver.
Later that night, the source said he met Rhoads face to face at Rhoads' house. The source said Rhoads asked him if he was familiar with the TV show "Breaking Bad" while he showed him a vial of white powder and told him it was ricin. According to the document, Rhoads said he downloaded a manual online to learn how to make ricin. Ricin is derived from castor beans and can be used as a weapon in liquid or powder form.
Rhoads then said he wanted to hire the source to kill his girlfriend's unborn baby but if she was to die as well, he would be "okay with that result", according to the affidavit. Rhoads then discussed ways to kill her including putting ricin in a soft drink or putting it on a pizza. Rhoads decided against the pizza because she lived with her parents and they might eat the pizza as well.
The affidavit says Rhoads then suggested other ways to kill her and suggested that the source shoot her with Rhoads' rifle or running her car off the road.
The source told the FBI he told Rhoads that he did not want to take part in the poisoning. He said Rhoads then got angry and said he "should have never told [the source] of his plans".
The FBI said the source observed several items in the home that FBI confirmed are consistent in the manufacture of ricin.