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Inmate goes on trial in murder-for-hire plot

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Testimony began Monday at the trial for a prison inmate accused in a murder-for-hire plot involving an Adams County judge.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Lance Greenawalt offered money and property to his cell mate at the state prison in Camp Hill in exchange for killing Judge Michael George, who in 2010 sentenced Greenawalt to a term of four-and-a-half to 13 years in prison on burglary charges.

Greenawalt, formerly of Gettysburg, also tried to arrange the murders of two Adams County men, including one he assaulted with scalding hot water and a baseball bat, according to prosecutors.

The cell mate is expected to testify Tuesday at the trial in Cumberland County.

Greenawalt's lawyer, Michael Rentschler, said he believes the case will come down to the credibility of the cell mate, who recently pleaded guilty to making false charges against another inmate in York County.

"It was totally fabricated," Rentschler said. "He said it was a lie, and he pled guilty to obstruction of justice and false statements."

The trial is expected to last through the week.

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