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Woodville man, woman accused of plotting to kill Tyler County justice of the peace

Dalton Collins, 45, of Woodville, is charged with terroristic threat against a judicial official and theft. (Photos provided by the Tyler County Sheriff's Office)

A plot to kill a sitting judge in Tyler County over a stolen tractor landed three people in jail last month, according to the sheriff's office.

Two of them are charged with terroristic threat against a judicial official and theft.

The charges stem from what authorities are calling a murder attempt of Tyler County Justice of the Peace Jim Moore.

A witness told investigators of a plan to kill Moore after selling him a stolen tractor, a theft case under investigation by the Tyler County and Polk County sheriff's offices.

Dalton Collins, 45, Alicia Johnson, 35, both of Woodville; and Matthew McKenzie, 24, of Spurger are all suspected to be involved in the sale of the stolen tractor.

Collins and Johnson are accused of plotting to kill Moore. They were arrested March 30 by U.S. Marshals in Jefferson County.

Collins is out of jail on a $105,000 bond. Johnson is still in jail.

McKenzie, who is only charged with theft, was released on a $3,500 bond after being arrested March 29.

Judge Moore tells us he was unaware the tractor had been reported stolen and is still unsure of why Collins and Johnson would want to harm him.

"I have no idea (why they would want to take me out), other than maybe they thought I could identify them because I bought the tractor," Moore says. "How stupid can you get to try to sell something hot to a judge?"


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