A 44-year-old state Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) employee, Brian Cox, is accused in court papers of offering a co-worker thousands of dollars to find someone to kill his wife so he could avoid paying her money in their divorce settlement.

According to court papers released Wednesday, the co-worker went to Tumwater police in late May because “he didn’t want it on his conscience if something happened” to her.

On Wednesday, one of Cox’s co-workers, his brother, and even his estranged wife all stated that they are shocked by the allegations.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy ordered Cox held in the Thurston County Jail on Wednesday on suspicion of a count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. His bail was set at $800,000.

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The following information is from court papers:

Tumwater police Detective Jen Kolb received authorization to record a subsequent conversation between the suspect and the co-worker, and on Tuesday the two met at the DFI headquarters in Tumwater to discuss a price.

During a previous conversation, the co-worker told police, the suspect said, “I have a $250,000 life-insurance policy on my wife, and I’m willing to give you half if you make her disappear.”

During the recorded conversation, the suspect told the co-worker the life-insurance policy was no longer valid.

“See that’s the thing,” the suspect told the co-worker. “I still want the (expletive) dead, and it’s still worth 10 grand to me because I’m going to be paying more than that in attorney’s fees and to her. I’m going to be paying another 20 grand in fees so. Dude, we’re talking about murder here, man.”