(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Four Arrested In Murder For Hire Scheme

Tied To August Killing And Wounding That Lead To Manhunt

December 07, 2018 - 4:29 pm
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Chesterfield, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Following a months-long investigation, Chesterfield County police have  arrested multiple suspects in relation to a murder-for-hire plot, connected to a wounding, murder, and manhunt from August.

This investigation, in which the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and FBI assisted, is related to the homicide that occurred on Second Branch Road on Aug. 24, 2018.

In that incident, police believe Joshua Federico, shot his estranged wife multiple times and killed Lawrence J. Howell.  Federico, 44, was charged with murder, malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the incident, and he was arrested on Aug. 26, 2018, following an extensive search.

Howell, who lived at the residence in the 13700 block of Second Branch Road, was the boyfriend of Federico’s estranged wife.

On Friday, Dec. 7, police arrested the following suspects:

  • Joseph A. Federico, 41, of the 12300 block of Black Road. He was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder, solicitation to commit capital murder, attempted capital murder, and two counts of felony obstruction of justice.
  • Wendy M. Federico, 63, of the 14100 block of Whirlaway Way. She was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder and two counts of felony obstruction of justice.
  • Constantine G. Trikoulis, 31, of the 500 block of Brighton Drive. He was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder, two counts of felony obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
  • Laura C. Miller, 31, of the 500 block of Brighton Drive. She was charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Detectives also obtained warrants for Joshua Federico for three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder, solicitation to commit capital murder, attempted capital murder, and two counts of felony obstruction of justice. He is currently incarcerated at Riverside Regional Jail.  Police believe he participated while in custody.

The investigation indicates that Joshua Federico conspired with Joseph Federico, who is his brother, Wendy Federico, who is his mother, and Trikoulis, who is an acquaintance, to hire people to kill witnesses involved in the murder on Second Branch Road. Miller has been charged in relation to assisting Joshua Federico after the murder in August. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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