Texas defense attorney Seth Andrew Sutton, 45, and his female colleague Chelsea Tijerina, 33, are arrested for ‘hiring an undercover cop to kill her ex-husband’
Prominent Texas defense attorneys Seth Andrew Sutton, 45, and Chelsea Tijerina, 33, were charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder on Friday in Waco, Texas
Seth Sutton allegedly paid an undercover Waco police officer to buy a ‘clean’ gun to kill Tijerina’s ex-husband, Marcus Beaudin
Sutton and Tijerina allegedly gave the cop detailed instructions for the murder
Defense attorneys Chelsea Tijerina and Marcus Beaudin were married in Nov 2016 and welcomed a daughter in 2018. Sutton is also married.
Beaudin, 37, was arrested in February after being accused of molesting a child, a charge he has denied
The motive for the murder has not been disclosed
Seth Andrew Sutton, [left] and Chelsea Tijerina, [right] both Texas based attorneys were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder on Friday in Wac
After that first meeting, police brought in the Texas Rangers to help with the investigation.
Sutton and Tijerina met with the undercover officer again on May 21 to plan the hit, which would take place at Beaudin’s home.
‘Chelsea Tijerina (Beaudin) and Sutton provided a timeline for the murder as well as establishing alibis for Chelsea Tijerina (Beaudin) and Sutton,’ the arrest affidavit states.
‘On May 22, Sutton met (with the undercover officer) an provided (the officer) with $300 to purchase a firearm to be used to murder Marcus Beaudin,’ it further states.
Sutton and Tijerina [photo] met with the undercover cop again on May 21 and laid out their elaborate plan to kill her ex-husband Marcus Beaudin at his home. The pair were arrested the following day
Sutton and Tijerina were arrested the same day and are now being held on $1million bond each at the McLennan County Jail.
The motive for the murder has not been disclosed.
Defense attorneys Chelsea Tijerina and Marcus Beaudin got married in November 2016 and welcomed a daughter in 2018. It is unclear when they separated. Sutton is also married.
Murder-for-hire target Marcus Beaudin, [seen in his mugshot photo], was arrested in February after being accused of molesting a 10-year-old female relative.
He was accused of sexually touching a 10-year-old female family member in December but has not been formally indicted by a grand jury. Beaudin’s attorney, Josh Tetens, says his client has denied the allegations.
Sutton is well known among legal circles in Waco. In 2017 he launched a bid to unseat the incumbent McLennan County District Attorney but dropped out before the Democratic primary.
He successfully defended clients in several high-profile cases including the Waco biker shooting in 2015 that left nine men dead and 20 injured.
Tijerina is less well-known in the community but works at Sutton’s firm.
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