Nevada Inmate Pleads not Guilty in Judge Slaying Plot Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada ex-convict denies trying to hire a hit man from his jail cell to kill a state judge, a prosecutor and a police detective handling his case.

A court spokesman says Daimon Devi Hoyt, 42, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he solicited the slayings of Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt, prosecutor Sandra DiGiacomo and Detective Bradley Nickell.

Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon scheduled trial for June 16.

Police say Hoyt, who also uses the name Daimon Monroe offered to pay a fellow inmate at the Clark County jail $10,000 for each death.

Hoyt is being held on more than $3 million bail on charges ranging from burglary and theft to conspiracy and sexual assault with a minor.

He's facing a possible life in prison as a habitual offender.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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