COOK COUNTY JAIL INMATE CHARGED IN MURDER FOR HIRE PLOT
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — A Cook County jail inmate has been charged with Solicitation of Murder for Hire after an undercover law enforcement investigation uncovered that he had sought to hire someone to kill a 15-year-old victim that he has been charged with sexually assaulting.
On June 5, Sheriff’s investigations developed information that Everardo Salinas, 29, had reached out to another inmate to attempt to find a hit man to murder the juvenile victim in his pending aggravated criminal sex abuse case.
Salinas has been in jail custody in that case since May of 2013 in lieu of $400,000 bond.
In bond court today, prosecutors alleged that on June 28 Salinas had a visit with an individual who he believed to be the hit man. In actuality, the man was an undercover Sheriffs’ officer and, according to prosecutors, Salinas offered to pay the individual $2,500 to have the victim killed.
Salinas appeared in bond court today on the new charges at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago, where Judge Laura Sullivan denied bond.
The investigation was conducted by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.