May 28, 2013
This is indeed an odd murder-for-hire story.
Plant City cops say James Jules Pepe, a high school history teacher, tried to hire a hitman to kill another teacher, Robert Meredith, a social studies teacher he used to work with but transferred to another district high school, reports the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg.
Apparently Pepe thinks that life is cheap: Cops say he was willing to pay a whooping $2,000 for the hit.
Pepe has taught at the Hillsborough County Schools for 28 years.
What caused the bad blood between the two teachers?