A well-known criminal defense attorney in Grand Forks is charged with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly planning to kill a drug informant connected to a case involving one of his clients. Henry Howe was arrested on Thursday.
Court documents say Henry Howe, his client, Paul Lysengen, and Wesley Smith discussed plans to lure the informant to a location, drug her and make her death appear as accidental asphyxiation.
The criminal complaint states that Smith visited the home of the drug informant from the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force and prepared and distributed a hand-written map showing the location of the residence.
Lysengen allegedly sent a photo of the victim to those involved and they had meetings to discuss options to lure and drug her. Smith also passed along the informant's phone number so they could call her and arrange a meeting.
The documents go on to say that Howe said the informant needed to be "gone" more than five days before his client's trial or else it would look suspicious.
The criminal complaint is based on evidence found by the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Howe faces life in prison. Walsh County is handling the case.