MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ Police have arrested a jail inmate they say tried to have a witness killed before that person could testify against him.

State police say 30-year-old Matthew Lallis, originally of Groton, was arrested Friday and faces new charges including criminal attempt to commit murder.

Lallis has been jailed at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center since May 2010 after police accused him and another man of acting as a pimp for a 15-year-old girl who’d run away from home. They say Lallis offered her a place to live and the pair advertised her services on Craigslist.

Police said Lallis was trying to have a witness murdered in that case, which hasn’t been resolved. They say they brought the charges against Lallis after an extensive investigation that began in September.

Police declined to identify Lallis’s alleged target.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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