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Updated Jan 15, 2014 - 3:18 pm

Phoenix inmate accused of murder-for-hire scheme

PHOENIX -- A jailed woman facing a murder charge in Phoenix now has been accused of trying to hire someone to kill four people in her case.

Phoenix police said Wednesday that 20-year-old Bernadette Beanes had been rebooked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Police said Beanes was accused of offering to pay undercover detectives $20,000 to kill four victims or witnesses in her case, including a 9-year-old boy.

"Bernadette Beanes was now attempting to solicit someone to target the four witness, or victims, in this case," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

Beanes pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a kidnapping and abduction last May in west Phoenix.

Beanes is accused of helping a man kidnap a woman and 3-year-old son. The man later shot himself to end a 12-hour police standoff.

Prosecutors said Beanes faces a murder charge because the man died in the commission of a felony in which she's been accused of participating.

KTAR's Martha Maurer contributed to this report.

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