Alaskan teenagers 'offered millions to murder friend and send evidence'

18 June 2019, 18:48 | Updated: 18 June 2019, 19:18

Five Alaskan teenagers have been charged with murder after a man they met online promised them millions of dollars to carry out the act, court records say. 

Indiana native Darin Schilmiller, 21, is said to have posed as a millionaire called Tyler on a chat site he used to offer 18-year-old Denali Brehmer $9m (£7m) to carry out a murder and send him pictures and videos.

After allegedly accepting the task, Ms Brehmer is said to have recruited Kayden McIntosh, 16, Caleb Leyland,19, and two unnamed individuals to help kill her friend Cynthia Hoffman, 19, in exchange for a cut of the money.

According to the Alaska Department of Law, Ms Brehmer and Ms McIntosh drove the victim to Thunderbird Falls in Anchorage in early June, before shooting her in the back of the head and pushing her body into a nearby river.

Ms Hoffman, who was said to have had a developmental disability, was duped into believing she was joining the pair on a hiking trip, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

On Friday, the five teenagers and Mr Schilmiller were charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder.

Both Ms Brehmer and Ms McIntosh were further charged with tampering with evidence.

The group all face up to 99 years each for their murder charges, with the evidence charges carrying an extra five years.

Mr Schilmiller is in the custody of the FBI and will not have contact with his co-defendants.