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Former Carson soldier convicted in murder-for-hire scheme

Staff reports Updated: November 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

EL PASO, Texas — A former Fort Carson soldier has been convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme in which prosecutors say he agreed to kill a man for undercover agents posing as drug cartel members.

A federal jury in Texas on Thursday found 29-year-old Samuel Walker, who was a sergeant at Fort Carson, guilty of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire.

An accomplice, 28-year-old Calvin Epps of Hopkins, S.C., was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana in the same plot. Both were also convicted of firearms charges.

Walker and Hopkins were the last of seven defendants charged in the case.

Former Fort Carson 1st Lt. Kevin Corley, 29, pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit murder and drug and weapons charges.

Prosecutors alleged Walker thought he was talking to a cartel boss when he agreed to kill a man who had stolen cocaine and recover the drugs. The cartel boss was really a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

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