A man accused of sexually assaulting a 70-year-old woman in a church is facing more charges.
Demetreius Morris, 27, is now charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder. That’s in addition to multiple charges stemming from the October 2012 attack. Tampa Police say Morris assaulted the woman in the Living Word Fellowship on North 13th Street in Tampa.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, while in jail, Morris corresponded between the dates of April 12, 2013 and April 21, 2013 via hand written notes to the listed witness expressing his desire to have a "hit" placed on the victim and the victim's daughter in his pending Tampa Police Department case.
Detectives say he expressed his desire to have the "hit" completed prior to his court date on May 8, 2013. The defendant said he would pay for the "hit" with Social Security money he is scheduled to be paid, according to the sheriff's office.
Authorities say they were tipped off by somebody at the jail.
"There was no specification about how he wanted it done other than he just wanted in his words a "hit" taken out on them," said Debbie Carter, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
People who live near the church and know the alleged intended targets say they're good people who don't deserve this.
"She’s been through a whole lot," said neighbor Joel Edwards. "She always been a good lady that I’ve known of. I've known her about 15 years. My wife used to go to her church and she's very upset about it."
A church employee who didn't want to go on camera told us the women are taking the threat seriously but they are determined to go on with their lives.
The sheriff's office says the woman and her daughter have been kept in the loop about this new threat.
They also say it doesn't appear Morris had any success convincing anyone to carry out the hit.