AURORA, Neb. — A central Nebraska man accused of hiring someone to kill his wife is asking a judge to dismiss one of the charges against him.

The Grand Island Independent says ( ) Robert S. Honken is charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Authorities say he made arrangements with Derrick Shirley of Bradshaw to kill his wife. Both men were arrested Feb. 29.

Authorities say a concerned citizen notified them that Honken had contacted him with a request to kill his wife. During a recorded police call, Honken allegedly said he wanted his wife “out of the way” and admitted he had previously hired another person, Shirley, to do the job.

Honken is seeking to have one of the charges dismissed, saying it constitutes double jeopardy.

Information from: The Grand Island Independent,

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