Monday, October 10, 2005


Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen talked about an alleged conspiracy to kill his stepfather, saying his family was aware of the situation for more than a year. Ernest C. Garlington, 37, of Southington, Conn., and Terrence Battle, 31, of Waterbury, Conn were charged in a murder-for-hire plot against Derek Hopson, a psychologist by profession. The reason behind the conspiracy has not been ascertained, but the only fact revealed is that Hopson was once married to Garlington's wife and now he's married to Flora Allen-Hopson, Allen's mother. Garlington and Battle attempted to murder Hopson with the assistance of a third man, Robbie Santos, 34, of Waterbury. Santos is now behind the bars serving an 18-year prison term for firing a shot from a .25-caliber pistol at Hopson on May 21, 2003. For this mission the culprits offered Santos $8,000. Garlington and Battle are also involved in another assault on Hopson committed on Aug. 12, 2002, in which Hopson was attacked with a golf club. Garlington is director of psychological services at New Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit corporation that administers social service programs for low-income families in Waterbury and surrounding communities. Battle was charged with aiding in the commission of an attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and criminal attempt to commit murder. He was being held in lieu of $950,000 bond and Garlington has been charged for conspiring to commit first-degree attack and then filing petition requesting the commission of a murder and conspiracy to commit murder.


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