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Tried to hire hitman

This is indeed an odd murder-for-hire story. Plant City cops say James Jules Pepe, a high school history teacher, tried to hire a hitman to kill another teacher, Robert Meredith, a social studies teacher he used to work with but transferred to another district high school, reports the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg. Apparently Pepe thinks that life is cheap: Cops say he was willing to pay a whooping $2,000 for the hit. Pepe has taught at the Hillsborough County Schools for 28 years. What caused the bad blood between the two teachers?
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