Phila. Mom Tried to Hire Hit Man on Facebook

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on June 15, 2011 11:06 AM

A Philadelphia woman, Eley London, 20, was mad at her child's father. She was so mad that she tried to hire a Facebook hit man to kill him.

Amazingly, she posted a status update that read, "I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father," reports NBC Philadelphia. A "stack" is around $1,000.

Clearly not your average Facebook status update. But there was also not an average Facebook status update response to follow.

Tim Bynum, 18, allegedly responded to London's status update agreeing to carry out the deed.

Several other people responded to London's violent Facebook status update asking her if she really wanted her baby's father dead - to which she responded "DEAD. HATE HIM!"

London then provided Bynum with details about where her child's father lived, and a description of his appearance, reports the New York Daily News. Bynum allegedly agreed to the task so long as he was paid up front, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Since Facebook isn't the most private of mediums to broker deals, London's baby daddy's mother saw the incriminating Facebook status update and then called the police, reports the New York Daily News.

Police searched Bynum's home and found a .22 caliber handgun, reports CBS News. London was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Bynum was arrested and charged with attempted murder and a weapons-related charge, according to NBC Philadelphia.

In order for a person to be charged with conspiracy, two or more people need to agree to commit some sort of illegal activity. Not only do they have to agree, however, but they also need to take some sort of action toward the completion of the crime. What constitutes an act toward completion of the crime may depend on the jurisdiction, but it does seem that London and Bynum took acts toward the completion of the crime if the facts are true.

The lesson learned here is not to conspire to commit murder in the first place, especially using Facebook. Eley London's hired Facebook hit man has only led to arrest - and likely embarrassment - for the 20-year-old mother.

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