Gallatin resident Pratakkumer Patel (left) and Kalpesh Patel, of Murfreesboro, were arrested Oct. 1, 2013, for allegedly planning to kill the former man\\\\\\\'s wife at a Rutherford County home near Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photos submitted)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a man and his cousin in Rutherford County for allegedly planning to have his wife shot to death.
Pratakkumer Patel, 31, was arrested early Tuesday at the Triple S Market in Gallatin on one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
His cousin Kalpesh Patel, a 44-year-old resident of Murfreesboro, was also arrested at the Almaville Market in Rutherford County in connection with the case. He has also been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
The 16th Judicial District Attorney General requested the TBI to launch an investigation into the murder plot Monday after receiving information that the two men had solicited a potential hitman to shoot Pratakkumer Patel's wife Tuesday morning.
The two allegedly paid the hitman $15,000 cash and provided an address, vehicle description and photograph of the woman.
Pratakkumer Patel was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $100,000 bond. According to TBI officials, he posted bond but remains in custody due to undisclosed issues regarding his immigration status.
Kalpesh Patel, who was out on bond in connection with an unrelated identity theft charge stemming from a Murfreesboro Police Department investigation, was also booked into the Rutherford County jail on $130,000 bond. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has placed a hold on him as well.
As of Wednesday, authorities had not discussed a possible motive in the case, and additional information concerning future court dates was not immediately available.