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Police: Man plotted to kill wife, cut off her hand

Saturday, August 23, 2008

NEW YORK —  A man who believed his wife was unfaithful tried to hire a hit man to kill her and chop off her hand with a samurai sword so he could get back a $27,000 diamond wedding ring, police said Friday.

Rockerfelle Auguste was arrested Thursday at his Manhattan office on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say the 35-year-old Auguste, a designer at an architectural firm, suspected his wife was cheating. They say he gave the undercover officer a samurai sword and a $500 deposit.

At a court hearing Friday, prosecutors said Auguste tried to hire a killer because he was angry about spending thousands of dollars on a wedding celebration that never happened. The two were civilly married.

The 26-year-old woman moved out of their Brooklyn home a few months ago after filing a domestic abuse report.

Auguste, who denied the charges, was being held without bail. His attorney, Kevin Morgan, said Auguste has no criminal record.

A woman who answered the phone early Friday at his home said she had no comment. She said she was his sister but declined to give her name.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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