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Prosecutor says Cleveland firefighter gunned down in driveway was orchestrated hit


CLEVELAND — A prosecutor says a Cleveland firefighter who was fatally shot in his driveway in 2013 was the victim of an orchestrated hit involving a man who was dating his stepdaughter.

Assistant Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Brian Murphy told a judge Friday that 21-year-old Chad Padgett sent several text messages seeking a gun in the days leading up to Lt. William Walker's Nov. 3, 2013, slaying.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1UtUIrI) reports the judge set Padgett's bond at $1 million on Friday after he was charged the previous day with aggravated murder. He didn't enter a plea.

Murphy said investigators are still working to identify others who may have been involved, but consider Padgett "a contributing factor" in the plot.

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