NORTH RIDGEVILLE - A 39-year-old Grafton man is accused of paying someone to have another man murdered.
Police have arrested Seljami Idrizi, of Royalton Road, Grafton, for conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. Authorities said Idrizi was taken into custody after giving an undisclosed amount of money to a "confidential informant" believing that the intended target - a 43-year-old North Ridgeville man - had been murdered.
According to court records, Idrizi was arraigned Friday in Elyria Municipal Court. He is being held in Lorain County Jail on $1 million bond, with a condition that if he posts bond, he’ll surrender his U.S. and Serbian passports, and he’d be given a GPS monitoring device and told not to leave Lorain County.
Idrizi is scheduled for a preliminary hearing 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Capt. Marti Garrow said police worked with a local costume and makeup artist to make it look like the targeted man had been killed with a bullet wound to the head and took a picture as "proof."
"The defendant bought it and was confident that the job was done and paid and was put under arrest," Garrow said.
The transaction happened in the parking lot of a local business, Garrow said, but would not name the business.
Police are not releasing how much money Idrizi paid or the nature of the relationship between Idrizi and the man he wanted killed.
"They do know each other, and obviously one was upset with the other," Garrow said.
Though this is not the first time Garrow has dealt with a murder-for-hire case, it is the department's first time staging a murder.
The confidential informant approached police last week about the murder plot. Garrow said it would be up to the prosecutor to decide whether that man - whose name was not released - also will face charges.
Once the plot was revealed, Garrow said police identified the target of the plan and acted quickly to make sure he stayed safe.