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Police: church rape suspect tried to order "hit" from jail

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Investigators say Morris raped a 70-year-old woman inside the Living Word Fellowship Church in 2012 Investigators say Morris raped a 70-year-old woman inside the Living Word Fellowship Church in 2012
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

A man behind bars accused of raping a 70-year-old woman in a Tampa church is now facing an additional charge of solicitation to commit murder.

Demetreius Morris, 27, is in the Orient Road Jail.  Tampa Police say while in jail, he sent hand-written notes expressing his desire to have a "hit" placed on the victim, and the victim's daughter, in his pending case.  Investigators say Morris wanted the "hit" to take place before his court date on May 8, and offered to pay for it with Social Security money he is scheduled to receive.

Police say in October 2012, Morris raped a 70-year-old woman inside the Living Word Fellowship Church in Tampa.  DNA tests submitted to the FDLE lab showed Morris was responsible.  Investigators were able to get a match on Morris' DNA because of an arrest in 2003 for lewd and lascivious acts on a child.

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