Trial set for man who allegedly ordered woman's murder

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A trial is scheduled next week for a Norcross man who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill a woman who'd caused him strife.

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for Richard Fowler. Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Debra Turner will preside.

Fowler was being detained at the Gwinnett County Jail on unrelated charges when he met with an undercover Sheriff's Department deputy posing as a murder-for-hire killer. Officials said deputies had been tipped off to Fowler's plans.

Fowler offered the deputy money to kill a woman he blamed for "problems he had in his life" and gave specific information about where she might be located and places she frequented, authorities said in August, when new charges were brought.

At trial, Fowler faces counts of criminal attempt to commit murder and criminal solicitation to commit murder, court officials announced Friday.

Fowler had been jailed for criminal trespass and terroristic threats and was awaiting transfer to a state prison facility.

Officials at the time said the intended victim was notified of Fowler's attempt to hire a hit man so she could take the necessary precautions.

Fowler's relationship with the alleged target has not been specified.