ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A 34-year-old North Texas strip club owner has been indicted for his role in a murder-for-hire case that targeted Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and contract attorney Tom Brandt.
The federal grand jury indicted Ryan Walker Grant on one count of murder-for-hire and one count of the unlawful transfer of a firearm.
The first count alleges that Grant, a Kennedale resident, plotted a murder-for-hire in the spring of 2012. Grant was arrested on April 9, 2012 and has remained in police custody. The second count alleges that in November of 2011, Grant gave a semi-automatic rifle to a known convicted felon.
The federal complaint against Grant alleges that he tried to hire individuals from Mexico, through an intermediary, to carry out the murders. An affidavit detailed how Grant had said he wanted Mexicans to carry out the crimes because “they could go back to Mexico after the murders were completed.”
One week before Grant’s arrest federal officials say he gave the intermediary, who was actually a confidential informant, pictures and contact information on both Cluck and Brandt. The agreement allegedly included paying $10,000 per murder.
From the beginning the FBI has said that Grant attempted to pay to have the two city officials killed after his business, the Flashdancer strip club, was shut down in January.
As a result of a nuisance lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the City of Arlington it was ordered that Flashdancer be shuttered until 2013. The club was the 12th sexually-oriented business to be shut down by the city. Mayor Cluck had said the city acted in the “best interests of Arlington” in relation to the case, but Grant said that he stood to lose $800,000 each year if his license was revoked and his business no longer permitted to operate.
Grant had been fighting with the city since 2010, when the Flashdancer club was first ruled a nuisance. Arlington defines a nuisance as a place where an individual regularly goes for drugs, gambling or prostitution.
Grant is said to have changed the order on April 9, asking that only one of the two targets be killed. Later that day, he was arrested. In Grant’s home, FBI agents discovered 22 guns, more than 160 rounds of ammo, two bulletproof vests and some $145,000 in cash.
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