After a joint investigation that included the assistance of the Montgomery County District Attorney, the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Rangers arrested and charged Dorothy Canfield, DOB 3/25/1929, with Solicitation to Commit Capital Murder and Solicitation to Commit Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant in a plot to murder Assistant District Attorney Robert Freyer and put Elected District Attorney Brett Ligon “in the hospital for two to three weeks.”
Based on information provided by a confidential informant, Texas Rangers began to monitor communications of Dorothy Canfield from the Montgomery County jail where she was incarcerated for second degree felony of theft. Based upon her request to hire a “hit man,” Canfield was provided with the name and phone number of an undercover Harris County District Attorney investigator who met with Canfield at the Montgomery County jail. During that conversation, Canfield agreed to pay the undercover officer $5000 to kill Robert Freyer and $2500 to put District Attorney Brett Ligon in the hospital for “two to three weeks.”
Canfield was interviewed by Texas Rangers Wende Wakeman and Wesley Doolittle on April15, 2013, at which time she confessed to the plot. Although the Rangers showed her pictures from an unrelated crime scene and pretended that Robert Freyer had actually been killed, Dorothy Canfield showed no remorse.
“Dorothy Canfield hoped to capitalize on the tragic murder of the Kaufman County District Attorney, his wife and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse to disrupt the prosecution of her theft charge in the most violent way possible,” stated District Attorney Brett Ligon. “Criminals that plot and threaten to harm those in law enforcement and prosecution need to know that we are watching. The Texas Rangers and other law enforcement agencies are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to protect public servants from these types of threats. And when you are caught, as Ms. Canfield has been, expect us to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to requesting a Montgomery County jury to give Ms. Canfield the justice she deserves.”