Court: US prisoner plotted to kill Justin Bieber



RUSSELL CONTRERAS | AP

Published — Friday 14 December 2012

Last update 14 December 2012 4:03 am

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico: An imprisoned US man whose infatuation with Justin Bieber included a tattoo of the pop star on his leg has told investigators he plotted to kill the singer, according to documents recently filed in a New Mexico court.
An affidavit says Dana Martin told investigators he persuaded a man he met in prison and the man’s nephew to kill the Canadian singer, along with Bieber’s personal bodyguard and two others, and castrate two of the victims with hedge clippers.
In the end, no one was harmed, and the two men recruited for the plot were arrested after taking a wrong turn into Canada from Vermont.
The targets of the castration plot were not connected to Bieber, authorities said, and it doesn’t appear that the pop singer was ever in immediate danger.
Bieber’s management issued a statement that said, “we take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans.”
Martin, a Vermont man who is serving two life sentences for the 2000 killing of a 15-year-old girl, said he was angry at Bieber because he didn’t respond to any of his letters. “This perceived slight made Mr. Martin upset and that, coupled with Mr. Martin’s perception of being a ‘nobody’ in prison, led him to begin plotting the kidnap and murder of Victim 3,” court documents said. The documents identified Victim 3 as “J.B.,” which New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald later confirmed was Bieber.
Court documents say Martin told investigators that Bieber was the “ultimate target.”
Martin told investigators that Mark Staake and Tanner D. Ruane headed from New Mexico to the East Coast, planning to be near a Bieber concert scheduled in New York City after killing and castrating two others. They missed a turn and crossed into Canada from Vermont.
Staake was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Ruane was arrested later.
Staake, 41, has been charged with two counts each of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Ruane, 23, Staake’s nephew, also faces multiple charges.
Clinton Norris, of the New Mexico State Police investigations bureau, said in an affidavit that Martin instructed the suspects to strangle the two first intended targets with paisley neckties, the same kind used in his 2000 murder case. The documents do not give details on how they were to kill Bieber.
McDonald declined to say if any of the murder charges are linked to Bieber. “That is part of the ongoing investigation,” he said.
It was not immediately known if the suspects had defense lawyers.
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