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Transient couple accused of revenge plot

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Jessica Ann Griffin; Jerry Laverne Horne Jessica Ann Griffin; Jerry Laverne Horne
PHOENIX -

A transient couple is in custody for allegedly plotting to kill two people after the death of the woman's nephew.

Authorities say 23-year-old Jessica Ann Griffin and 25-year-old Jerry Laverne Horne are being held on suspicion of two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Griffin and Horne had their initial court appearances Thursday. They were ordered held on $250,000 bond apiece. Neither has a lawyer. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for March 31.

Court documents say Griffin and Horne allegedly were seeking revenge on a couple they believe killed Griffin's 15-month-old nephew, Kaleb Sexton.

The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital Feb. 24 after he stopped breathing at a Phoenix hotel for unknown reasons.

Police say Griffin, the child's maternal aunt and main caregiver and Horne, her boyfriend, were with Kaleb when he died.  They are investigative leads in his death.

We want to make it clear though -- nobody has been arrested for Kaleb's death, but as police investigate, they say two of Griffin's friends started blaming Griffin and Horne on Facebook for the toddler's death.

Police say the couple met with an undercover detective and asked him to kill two of their friends.  The couple allegedly offered to steal four cars as payment for the killings.

Investigators arrested Griffin and Horne at a Walmart parking lot near Interstate 17 and Bell Road.

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