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Beall pleads not guilty to murder solicitation charges

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A former Roswell High School student who allegedly tried to hire someone through the internet to murder two fellow students pleaded not guilty to two criminal counts Monday.

Colton Beall, 18, entered a plea of not guilty on two counts of criminal solicitation to commit first-degree murder, willful and deliberate, at an arraignment in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County, Dianna Luce, District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District, said Tuesday.

The charges stem from a grand jury indictment handed down Feb. 14 alleging that last December, when he was a student at Roswell High School, Beall tried to hire someone to kill two 16-year-old female fellow students.

Beall filled out forms on a website called “Rent-A-Hitman: Your Point and Click Solution” to have two 16-year-old female Roswell High School students strangled to death to fulfill a sexual fantasy, according to a press release issued at the time of Beall’s arrest.

Beall is alleged to have filled out the website form, which included the names of the two targeted females, their street addresses and the method in which he wanted them killed. The forms also included Beall’s street address, phone number, email address and on one of the forms, his real name.

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The operator of the website — who lives in California — then notified the Roswell Police Department of Beall’s alleged solicitation, according to the release.

The website operators later explained to investigators the site was launched in 2005 as part of a startup company meant to identify security breaches in the computers of clients. The company never really got started but the website remained in place as a parody hitman site.

After the indictment was handed down, Roswell police issued an arrest warrant for Beall, who had since moved out of Roswell with his parents. He was subsequently arrested in Manchester, Tennessee Feb. 27 and extradited back to Roswell.

Bond was set for Beall at $10,000 and has since been posted, according to court documents. A criminal trial for Beall has been scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Chaves County Courthouse.