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Missouri principal admits to murder-for-hire plot where he paid hitman $2,500 to kill his married lover – who was 27 weeks pregnant with his baby

  • Cornelius Green pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a federal murder plot, according to court documents filed Thursday
  • Green and married Jocelyn Peters had an affair and when she became pregnant, he contacted a childhood friend to punch her.

A former high school principal has admitted to hiring a hitman for $2,500 to kill a Missouri teacher he impregnated while the couple was having an affair.

Cornelius Green pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit a federal murder-for-hire plot, resulting in the deaths of his married lover Jocelyn Peters and their unborn child.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury, according to documents filed Thursday.

Green, the principal of Carr Lane Visual Performing Arts School, and Peters, a teacher who taught at Mann Elementary School, were involved in a romance: KMOV news reported.

Carr Lane Visual Performing Arts School principal Cornelius Green hit out at his former lover, Jocelyn Peters, after learning she was pregnant with their unborn child

Jocelyn Peters, a teacher at Mann Elementary School, was married when she had an affair with Green

Jocelyn Peters, a teacher at Mann Elementary School, was married when she had an affair with Green

When Peters became pregnant with his child, he contacted his childhood friend Phillip Cutler to punch his lover, who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time.

Green offered to pay Cutler $2,500 of the money he allegedly stole to do the job.

On March 24, 2016, Cutler entered Peters’ apartment, found her in bed and shot her in the head — using “a potato as a silencer to muffle the sound of the gunshot,” according to the complaint. NBC News reported.

In a settlement, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office agreed to dismiss the local murder charge if he were sentenced to life in prison on the federal charge. KMOV News reported.

Phillip Cutler, Green's childhood friend, was paid $2,500 by Green to kill his former lover.  The money he gave Cutler was allegedly money he stole from the school

Phillip Cutler, Green’s childhood friend, was paid $2,500 by Green to kill his former lover. The money he gave Cutler was allegedly money he stole from the school

Less than a month before the murder, Green Culter, who lived in Oklahoma, sent a text asking him to come to St. Louis to commit the crime.

Once he agreed, he sent him $2,500 about a week later, money he allegedly stole from his school.

On March 21, Cutler arrived in St. Louis and stayed at Green’s home. Green left Culter the keys to his car and his lover’s apartment before traveling to Chicago the next day.

On the day of the murder, Green returned to St. Louis. When he went to Peter’s apartment, he called 911 to report that she had been shot.

Cutler was also indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and murder-for-hire.

His trial will take place on March 11.