Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Monday a former U.S. soldier was charged, along with two co-conspirators with offenses related to the 2012 murder of a woman in the Philippines.
Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Manuel Hunter of Kentucky, 43-year-old Adam Samia of Roxboro, North Carolina and 49-year-old Carl David Stillwell of Roxboro were charged with one count of committing murder-for-hire and one count of conspiring to commit murder-for-hire.
Samia worked as an independent contractor for clients in China, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Congo and the Philippines. He was trained in weapons and tactics and experienced in information technology. He served in the United States Army from 1983 to 2004, attaining rank of sergeant first class.
Hunter arranged multiple murders and completed acts of violence in exchange for cash. Hunter conspired with his co-conspirators in 2011 and 2012 to commit murders-for-hire overseas for bonus payments and monthly salaries. The co-conspirators traveled to Philippines to commit the murders in 2012. Hunter provided them with firearms.
Stillwell and Samia fatally shot one of the intended victims in the face on February 12, 2012. They disposed of her body on a pile of garbage. They received $35,000 each for the murder.
Hunter and his co-conspirators are facing life in prison. Hunter is expected to arrive in New York on October 25.