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Originally published October 7, 2005 at 12:00 AM | Page modified October 7, 2005 at 12:42 AM

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Men charged in plot to kill Ray Allen's stepdad

A Connecticut psychologist has been ordered held on $1.7 million bond on charges he conspired to murder a fellow psychologist, the stepfather of Sonics guard Ray Allen.

The Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — A Connecticut psychologist has been ordered held on $1.7 million bond on charges he conspired to murder a fellow psychologist, the stepfather of Sonics guard Ray Allen.

Ernest C. Garlington, 37, appeared yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court.

Garlington and Terrence Battle, 31, were charged Wednesday in a murder-for-hire plot against psychologist Derek Hopson. Arrest warrants detailing the allegations have been ordered sealed for two weeks.

Hopson was once married to Garlington's wife. He's now married to Flora Allen-Hopson, Allen's mother.

Garlington and Battle are accused of conspiring with a third man, 34-year-old Robbie Santos, who is serving an 18-year prison term for firing a shot at Hopson in 2003.

Santos is serving an 18-year prison term for firing a shot from a .25-caliber pistol at Hopson on May 21, 2003, outside a mental health clinic in Middletown where Hopson worked. Hopson was not injured and Santos ran off when his gun jammed, according to testimony at his trial.

Prosecutors alleged Santos was offered $8,000 to kill Hopson.

Garlington and Battle are also accused in another assault on Hopson, on Aug. 12, 2002. In that incident, Hopson was attacked with a golf club.

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