- Cornelius Green pleaded guilty to federal murder-for-hire plot conspiracy, according to court documents filed Thursday.
- Green and the married Jocelyn Peters were having an affair and when she became pregnant, he contacted a childhood friend to hit her up.
A former high school principal admitted to hiring a hitman for $2,500 to kill a Missouri teacher whom he impregnated while the couple was having an affair.
Cornelius Green pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a federal murder-for-hire plot, which resulted in the deaths of his married lover Jocelyn Peters and their unborn child.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury, according to documents filed Thursday.
Green, the principal of the Carr Lane School of Visual Performing Arts, and Peters, a teacher who taught at Mann Elementary School, became involved in a romance. KMOV News reported.
Cornelius Green, director of the Carr Lane School of Visual Performing Arts, criticized his former lover, Jocelyn Peters, after learning she was pregnant with his unborn child.
Jocelyn Peters, a teacher at Mann Elementary School, was married at the time she was having an affair with Green.
When Peters became pregnant with her son, she contacted her childhood friend, Phillip Cutler, to take a swipe at her lover, who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time.
Green offered to pay Cutler $2,500 of the money he allegedly stole to do the job.
On March 24, 2016, Cutler entered Peters’ apartment, found her in bed, and shot her in the head, using “a potato as a silencer to muffle the sound of the gunshot,” according to the indictment. NBC News reported.
In a plea deal, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss local murder charges if he was sentenced to life in prison on federal charges. KMOV Informed news.
Phillip Cutler, Green’s childhood friend, was paid $2,500 by Green to murder his former lover. The money he gave Cutler was allegedly money he stole from the school.
Less than a month before the murder, Green sent Culter, who lived in Oklahoma, a text message asking him to come to St. Louis to commit the crime.
Once he agreed, he sent her $2,500 about a week later, money he allegedly stole from her school.
On March 21, Cutler arrived in St. Louis and stayed at Green’s home. Green left Culter the keys to her car and her mistress’s apartment before flying to Chicago the next day.
On the day of the murder, Green returned to St. Louis. When he went to Peter’s apartment, he called 911 to report that he had been shot.
Cutler was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder for hire and murder for hire.
His trial is scheduled for March 11.