Task Force Agents Foil Murder Plot

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Jonathan Kemper

Detectives with the Gila County Narcotics Task Force arrested two Payson brothers Tuesday, foiling their alleged plans to murder at least one Payson resident.

The task force received information that Thomas and Jonathan Kemper had bought a handgun and were going to commit at least one homicide Tuesday night, Det. Jimmy Oestmann said.

At 7:30 p.m., task force detectives, with assistance from the Gila County Sheriff's Office, arrested the brothers without incident.

"We believe the Kemper brothers had plans to kill three people," Oestmann said. "We are notifying those who were targeted."

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Thomas Kemper

Oestmann said all three are from Payson, but will not release their names due to the ongoing investigation.

"Right now, we really cannot release any more details about the case," Oestmann said.

The brothers were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

"They are being held in the Gila County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond each," Oestmann said. "At this point it doesn't look like they'll be getting out anytime soon."

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