Court docs: Suspects in Chesterfield conspired to hire three hits for murder

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — 8News is learning more about an alleged murder-for-hire plot in Chesterfield. 

In August 2018, Joshua Federico was arrested after a three-day manhunt — accused of shooting his estranged wife, Sarah Grove Federico, and killing her live-in boyfriend, Lawrence Howell. 

Then in December — investigators say they foiled a murder-for-hire scheme by Federico’s mother, brother, and a friend — allegedly designed to impede the investigation. 

From behind bars, court documents say Joshua Federico conspired with his mother, Wendy Federico, his brother, Joseph Federico and friend Constantine Trikoulis to hire three hits for murder.These court documents are filed in the General District Court of Chesterfield County.

Paperwork says Federico’s estranged wife, Sarah Grove Federico, was one of the potential targets — along with Edward Grove, Jr. and Edward Grove, Sr.

The documents also shed light on Sarah Grove Federico as a witness to the initial incidents in August.

8News has also learned some of Joshua Federico’s more serious charges, like murder and attempted murder, have been transferred to Circuit Court in Chesterfield County.

As of now — that trial is slated to get underway in July.

A fifth suspect is facing charges after the initial events in August. Laura Miller, an acquaintance of Joshua Federico, is facing charges as an accessory after a homicide.

Four of the five suspects in this murder-for-hire case are scheduled to have preliminary hearings on May 6 in Chesterfield County. 

It’s unclear when that trial will get underway.

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