Todd Scott knew his family might suffer if he told the FBI that his boss was plotting a murder.

He had met Lawrence Lee in 2013, not long after moving to the Lowcountry. Lee, a retired Air Force fighter pilot who bought and resold real estate, was offering homes for rent on Craigslist.

Scott was a carpenter, so Lee’s offer for him to buy a house on James Island was attractive. The home would be Scott’s if he agreed to do some repairs.


But when Lee asked Scott to find someone to kill his ex-wife, Scott said his dream started to crumble.