AP: Man who police say was recruited as killer pleads not guilty

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


AURORA, Neb. (AP)  A November trial has been scheduled for a Nebraska man who police say was recruited to kill another man’s wife.

Court records say 30-year-old Derrick Shirley, of Bradshaw, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hamilton County District Court in Aurora. He’s charged with conspiracy to commit murder. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 28.

Nebraska State Patrol investigators say 38-year-old Robert Honken paid Shirley $400 to kill Honken’s wife. They say Shirley did surveillance around the woman’s Hamilton County home but never tried to kill her.

Honken has pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities say he also tried to hire another person, but that man turned out to be an undercover officer.

Honken’s trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 14.