Milwaukee County inmate busted in murder for hire case


by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County inmate is facing seven felony charges after he allegedly ordered the death of a domestic abuse witness. 

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office intercepted letters from 31-year-old Mark Girtler directing others to abuse and kill witnesses. One letter Girtler wrote to a friend said, "Run up in there and go hard on dat b----! 4 realy brorbro, let her know we not f---ing around. I don't care if u put da barrel in da b---- mouth or pistal whip her." The sheriff's office says Girtler wrote one witness saying, "U go to court again u die".

In a letter to one of his friend Girtler allegedly wrote he was "not ready to do no 12-15 years" for crime he was in jail for. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says Girtler is now facing over 94 years in prison. "This subject's stay in a bed and breakfast facility just got upgraded to a state prison," says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.

"Protecting the victims and witnesses in these cases is critical to a functioning justice system," says Sheriff Clarke. "The work of the detectives prevented this subject from carrying out his threats."



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