Man Planning Murder Accidentally Butt-Dials Intended Victim

Police in Arkansas say a man's plot to murder another man was reportedly uncovered after he accidentally butt-dialed his intended victim.

Larry Barnett, 68, of Jonesboro, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder after he inadvertently revealed his plans to his alleged target, a former employee of Barnett's Legend Motor Company.

The unidentified victim says he received a phone call from Barnett just after noon last Thursday, but it quickly became apparent that the call was unintentional.

The Paragould man then listened in as Barnett reportedly spent the next hour and a half plotting the murder and giving a third person directions to the victim's house.

At one point Barnett could allegedly be heard saying, "I don’t care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it. I don’t care what you have to do, make it look like an accident."

The Paragould Police Department dispatched officers to the victim's house, which had been burglarized.

There were also signs that the gas stove had been tampered with, a Jonesboro Police Department rep said in a statement.

Barnett remains at the Craighead County Detention Center ahead of a probable cause hearing scheduled for this afternoon.

[mug shot via Craighead County Sheriff's Office]