Suspect In Murder-For-Hire To Be Arraigned

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One of two New Mexico men who authorities say traveled to Vermont to murder two people is due in court.

Forty-one-year-old Mark Staake is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a fugitive from justice charge.

Police say Staake and his 23-year-old nephew, Tanner Ruane, were arrested in November at the U.S.-Canadian border in Highgate.

Ruane was initially released but arrested the following day in New York after authorities learned he was wanted for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

A New Mexico police affidavit says Dana Martin, a Vermont man serving a life sentence in New Mexico, sent Staake and Ruane to Vermont to kill two men. But police say Martin, who was convicted in the 2000 slaying of a 15-year-old girl in Barre, later notified authorities about the plot.

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