4 charged in plot to kill witnesses in Chesterfield murder case

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Authorities say four people have been charged in a murder-for-hire plot in connection to a homicide this past summer.

Joshua M. Federico is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Sarah Grove Federico, and murdering her boyfriend, Lawrence J. Howell., on Aug. 24 at Sarah’s home on Second Branch Road. Federico was arrested after a three-day manhunt.

On Friday, following a months-long investigation, Chesterfield County police say they executed search warrants at four locations and arrested multiple suspects in relation to a murder-for-hire plot.

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The investigation indicates that Joshua Federico conspired with Joseph Federico, who is his brother, Wendy Federico, who is his mother, and Constantine Trikoulis, who is an acquaintance, to hire people to kill witnesses involved in the Aug. 24 murder.

Joshua Federico is charged with murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the incident.

Joseph Federico is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder, solicitation to commit capital murder, attempted capital murder, and two counts of felony obstruction of justice. Wendy Federico is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder and two counts of felony obstruction of justice. Constantine Trikoulis is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder, two counts of felony obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Laura C. Miller has been charged in relation to assisting Joshua Federico after the murder in August.

Police continue to investigate and urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

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