Elderly Woman Charged In Murder For Hire Plot Against Montgomery County Prosecutors

An 84-year-old woman is accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill a Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney and injure Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon.

The bizarre case involves an elderly woman who was in jail for allegedly posing as an immigration attorney and running a scam on immigrants.

After being jailed, the woman, Dorothy Clark Canfield, allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill the assistant D.A. who was prosecuting her case.

In audio, courtesy of KHOU 11 News, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon says Canfield wanted the murder to look like it was tied to this year’s killings of two other Texas prosecutors.

He says many Texas D.A.’s offices are getting multiple death threats right now.

“Most of us don’t believe it’s related to Kaufman County; however, what it is, is people who are trying to retaliate thinking behind the smoke of what’s going on in Kaufman County, perhaps they actually can get another prosecutor executed. Because that’s essentially what this plan was — was to kill Rob Freyer, hospitalize me, make it appear as whatever happened in Kaufman County had just happened in Montgomery County.”

After hearing about Canfield’s plans through an informant, investigators used an undercover officer to pose as a hitman.

The charges show she planned to pay $7,500 for the attacks.

“The same type of threats are made continuously against peace officers and judges. And the point of this is the fact that the threats need to stop. We are doing our jobs and we’re going to continue doing our jobs and we’re not going to back off of our jobs.”

Canfield is charged with solicitation of capital murder and solicitation to commit aggravated assault on a public servant.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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