Man faces raps over 'plot' to kill Pinay wife, daughter over insurance

Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 14 2017 01:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2017 05:22 PM

MONROE, WASHINGTON - A 42-year-old man from Monroe, Washington was arrested and charged for allegedly plotting the murder of his Filipina wife and daughter for insurance money.

A probable cause synopsis document sent to ABS-CBN News by Snohomish County Prosecuting Office showed that Jeffery Lytle sent a text message to someone named “Shayne” that allegedly greenlighted the murder of Rhoda Mee Funtanilla Lytle, his wife of more than 6 years, and their 4-year-old daughter.

The text said: “Hey Shayne how’s it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I’m going to take you on that offer.” 

Jeffery also mentioned that his wife’s life insurance is worth $1 million and if Shayne wanted a bonus he can also kill their daughter whose life insurance is worth half a million dollars ($500,000).

In the text, Jeffery even requested Shayne to make it appear that the killing was a robbery gone wrong or an accident.

In return, Jeffery texted that he will split everything with Shayne 50/50.

The unintended recipient, Robert Alexander, Lytle’s former employer immediately called 911 and reported the seemingly “murder-for-hire” text to the police, according to the synopsis. 

Jeffery was arrested and charged last Wednesday with domestic violence and two counts of criminal solicitation for murder in the first degree.

His bond was set at 1 million dollars.

The synopsis also stated that: “Jeffery initially denied sending any text message to anyone. However, when confronted, (he) admitted he had authored the text in question but never sent it to anyone and that it was just him 'venting' his anger at his wife." 

Jeffery denied any life insurance was in effect and claimed he had no intention of ever harming his wife and young daughter.

Lytle stated that he had written that message but left it in “drafts” folder and said that it may have been sent out by his daughter to Alexander, accidentally.

The report also said that when deputies called Rhoda Mee at work, she did confirm that she has been married to Jeffery since 2010 and resided in the same home.

She also confirmed that she has life insurance and that there were financial issues at home but stated that “She was unaware of any marital issues which would cause Jeffery to want to kill her and their young daughter.” 

A warrant was requested to search the residence of Jeffery Lytle, for his cellular device and paperwork related to life insurance, the results of which are still pending.

ABS-CBN News has reached out to Rhoda Mee but she has not responded at this time. 

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