Tipler charged for murder attempt

Published 10:58 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Former Andalusia attorney James Harvey Tipler, who was disbarred, has been charged with trying to kill a prosecutor in Florida, according to Tne Northwest Florida Daily-News.

Tipler, 61, has been held in the Okaloosa County Jail since May of 2011 on racketeering charges and practicing law without a license.

He allegedly tried to carry out a murder over the last few weeks from the jail, State Attorney Bill Eddins told The Daily News.

While in jail, Tipler asked two people to kill Edgar, the lead prosecutor in his case. Then Tipler and other people took an “overt act” toward carrying out the plot, Eddins said.

“The plan was stopped before it progressed to the point of any violence towards Mr. Edgar,” Eddins said.

He declined to offer more details because the investigation is ongoing.

Tipler is charged with one count of attempted first-degree premeditated murder and two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree premeditated murder. His bond was set at $550,000.

Tipler was being held in the jail after he was arrested in May 2011 on racketeering charges for the third time since he was disbarred as a Florida lawyer in 2008.

In 2010, he was charged with racketeering for allegedly swindling more than 50 people out of money through his immigration center that he was operating illegally. The arrest in May 2011 came after authorities found Tipler continued to operate the business while he was out of jail on bond.

The case against Tipler has been continued 20 times and scheduled trial dates have canceled nine times, according to court records. Most recently, a continuance was granted Aug. 16 to delay a trial that had been set for Sept. 10. A new trial date has not been scheduled.

The defense has requested all the continuances.

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