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Ex-Aryan Nations Attorney Edgar Steele Faces Charges In Murder-for-Hire Plot

Edgar Steele, attorney for Richard Butler, leaves the Kootenai County Courthouse in August 2000. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Edgar Steele, attorney for Richard Butler, leaves the Kootenai County Courthouse in August 2000. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

In this August 2000 SR file photo, Edgar Steele, attorney for Richard Butler, leaves the Kootenai County Courthouse during a break in a civil trial that would eventually bankrupt the Aryan Nations. (SR File Photo: Kathy Plonka)

Item: North Idaho attorney charged in murder-for-hire plot: Prosecutors say Edgar J. Steele, long tied to hate groups, agreed to pay money to see his wife and her mother dead/Kathleen Kreller & Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Steele is well known from his work for hate groups such as the Aryan Nations and other high-profile clients, including the McGuckin family, who held off police during a 2001 Idaho standoff. He's also known for vocal anti-semitic and racist rants on the Internet.The witness told the FBI Steele paid $500 in cash for travel expenses and promised as much as $25,000 if the murders were completed on Friday. According to the affidavit, Steele promised the witness another $100,000 if an insurance policy paid out after his wife's murder.

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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