Car dealer accused in murder-for-hire plot
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The owner of a car dealership has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder because he believed the person stole several vehicles from his lot, according to court records.
A confidential source told investigators on September 16 that Serhan King Ezeldine had asked for the source to commit a murder in exchange for $1,000 and possibly an automobile, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Ezeldine owns Eagle Motors on Michigan Street in South Bend. He told the source he was upset because several vehicles had been stolen from his lot and felt the police wouldn't catch the suspect, reports said.
Ezeldine said he knew who stole the vehicles and believed in an "eye for an eye," according to the probable cause affidavit.
Investigators confirmed Ezeldine reported three vehicles stolen from his lot on September 3.
The confidential source met with Ezeldine while wearing recording devices and an audio transmitter.
During the meeting Ezeldine provided the source with the victim's name, description of their vehicle, location of their home and the victim's Facebook information, as well as a photo of the victim, according to the probable cause affidavit.
When asked how he wanted the murder accomplished, Ezeldine suggested making it look like a robbery, reports said.
He said he preferred to have the victim's throat cut, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Ezeldine was arrested on a warrant Monday evening and he remains in custody until his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.