Texas attorneys arrested, charged with capital murder solicitation

Texas attorneys arrested, charged with capital murder solicitation
Attorneys Seth Andrew Sutton , 45, and Chelsea Tijerina, 33, were jailed Friday after they were arrested on warrants issued by 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson (Source: (Police photos))

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Two Waco attorneys were arrested Friday and jailed, each charged with solicitation of capital murder.

Attorneys Seth Andrew Sutton , 45, and Chelsea Tijerina, 33, were jailed Friday after they were arrested on warrants issued by 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson, who also set as $1 million bond on each, court records show.

The plot included evidence that Sutton paid an undercover Waco police officer to purchase a “clean” gun that could be used to kill Tijerina's former husband, Marcus Beaudin, who also is a fellow Waco defense attorney.

Police said in arrest affidavits that on May 14 Sutton solicited an undercover officer to kill Beaudin and the two actually made plans about how to carry out the plot.

The affidavit says Sutton and Tijerina planned to kill Beaudin, 37, who had been arrested by Woodway police in February on a felony charge of indecency with a child.

He was accused of sexually touching a 10-year-old family member in December but he has not been indicted and his attorney, Josh Tetens, has said Beaudin denies the claims.

The affidavit says the undercover officer agreed to accept $300 for the purchase of a gun and Sutton told the officer he would help him leave town after committing the murder.

After the first meeting between the officer and Sutton, on May 20 police decided to solicit the help of Texas Rangers, and the next day, Sutton and Tijerina met with the undercover Waco officer to plan the hit, the affidavit states.

Tijerina allegedly provided details about Beaudin's whereabouts and how to carry out the murder.

The alleged plot was to be carried out at Beaudin's home, the affidavit states.

Sutton was arrested Friday evening near Bosque Boulevard and New Road and Tijerina was arrested at her Waco home Friday night by Waco police.